Staying safe during the festive period

Thursday, December 17, 2015

More than 80,000 people a year need hospital treatment for injuries such as falls, cuts and burns during the festive period. As the festive period is fast approaching here are our twelve top tips;

  • Remember to buy batteried for the toys to stop you being tempted to remove batteries from smoke alarms
  • Dont leave burning candles unattended, make sure you put them out before going to bed and dont put candles on Christmas trees.
  • Give yourself enough time to prepare and cook your festive dinner to avoid hot fat, boiling water and sharp knife accidents that come from rushing, and keep anyone not helping with dinner out of the kitchen. Wipe up any spills quickly.
  • Make sure that you defrost and cook the turkey properly to avoid food poisoning.
  • Clutter, alcohol and tiredness make the stairs an accident hot spot.Keep stairs well lit and free from obstacles. Beware of trailing cables and wires in the rush to connect new gadgets and appliances.
  • Think about electrical safety remember dont leave fairy lights on when you go out or when you go to sleep. Make sure that bulbs dont touch anything that can burn easily. Dont overload sockets.
  • If your putting up decorations make sure you use the correct type of ladder to ensure your not over reaching.
  • Make sure you have checked the battery in your fire alarm.
  • Look out for small items that could pose a choking hazard to young children, including parts that have fallen off toys or from Christmas trees, button batteries and burst balloons.
  • Remember, Christmas novelties are not toys, even if they resemble them, and they do not have to comply with toy safety regulations. Give careful thought to where you display them, for example, place them high up on Christmas tress where they are out of reach of young hands.
  • Have scissors handy to open packaging, so you're not tempted to use a knife, and have screwdrivers at the ready to assemble toys.
  • Do not drink and drive, plan long journeys so you wont be driving tired.