With the Christmas count down well and truly underway, the big day is just around the corner. At this time of year so many preventable accidents can happen. The kids are home, the house is full of family members, stress levels are through the roof with so much going on. Staying safe at home this Christmas and our families safety and well being means the most to us all.
Here I am sharing with you some tips to help keep your home safe so you can relax during the festive season.
TAKING SIMPLE ACTIONS TO STAYING SAFE AT HOME THIS CHRISTMAS
- Check your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide work – it will take a minute if that, it could save your life. Go press that button and check they work. If this isn’t possible right this minute, set a reminder or alarm on your phone now to remind you to do it!
- Turn off your Christmas lights – I know they look so pretty and festive but however tempting do not leave Christmas lights on when you are out of the house or asleep – the risk of fire is surely more important than the risk of not looking festive?
- 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
- Make sure you buy children’s gifts for the correct age group and from reputable sources that comply with standards (e.g. The Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011)
Stay Safe AND HAVE FUN
- Keep alcohol out of the reach of young children – during the festive season it is all too easy to leave bottles of wine out or a glass of whiskey on the coffee table to clear up the next morning. Just remember for a toddler a shot of whiskey is a lot more dangerous than it is to you as they are so small.
- Do not drink and drive, and plan long journeys so you won’t be driving tired.
- Turn the oven and hob off when you have finished with cooking – I know this is an obvious one but you would be surprised at the number of people that forget to turn off the knobs and switch’s, especially when warming food or when preoccupied with guests. Ensure you move away any cloths and oven gloves away from hobs. You don’t want to be fighting fires instead of eating your Christmas lunch.
- Give yourself enough time to prepare and cook Christmas 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
- Get the boxes and wrapping paper out of the house – Yes it absolutely freezing outside but the sooner the boxes and wrapping paper are all in the outside bin the less chance there is of them being tripped over or becoming a fire hazard! No one wants a trip to A and E for a bumped head.
- Lock your doors – If you have burglar alarms use them. Be vigilant of leaving your curtains and blinds open with your lights on as people can look in.
- Plan New Year fireworks parties well in advance and follow the Firework Safety Code
- Know some basic first aid – check out some basic first aid for stating safe this Christmas and be sure any visitors to your house know where the first aid box is. Would you know what to do if someone is choking? Do you know how to treat a burn or allergic reaction? Make sure you top up your first aid box essentials too. There is some really useful advice here from the St Johns Ambulance that is worth a read.
Also here is the St Johns playlist from YouTube
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