The UK’s leading accident prevention charity, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), has some useful home safety tips for the festive season, particularly to protect against fire.
Christmas is a special time in the UK; however, it is also a time where our fire services are put under tremendous strain. When we start to put up all the Christmas decorations and choose our tree’s, it is important to remember that fire safety is key and the CAVIUS team would like to share some top tips on how you can keep safe during the festive period.
Our top fire safety tips:
- Keep decorations and cards away from fires and heat sources, such as light fittings
- Use battery operated candles instead of real ones
- Never leave burning candles unattended. Don’t put candles on/near Christmas trees and always extinguish them before you go to bed
- Check the wiring on Christmas lights and think about replacing old ones which may not meet higher safety standards due to their age
- Don’t overload electric sockets
- Check your smoke alarm is working and never remove batteries from them to use in new toys – it could cost you your life
- Keep the cooker clear of items including tea towels.
Christmas is a time when your home is likely to be full of people and it is in the excitement of the season that accidents can easily happen. Follow these 12 safety tips from RoSPA to help prevent your festivities being cut short by a trip to casualty:
- 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)
- Remember to buy batteries for toys that need them – that way you won’t be tempted to remove batteries from smoke alarms
- Keep decorations and cards away from fires and other heat sources such as light fittings. Don’t leave burning candles unattended, make sure you put them out before going to bed and do not put candles on Christmas trees
- If you have old Christmas lights, consider buying new ones, which will meet much higher safety standards, keep the lights switched off until the Christmas tree is decorated, don’t let children play with lights (some have swallowed the bulbs), and remember to switch off the lights when going out of the house or going to bed
- 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
- Beware of trailing cables and wires in the rush to connect new gadgets and appliances, and always read instructions
- Plan New Year fireworks parties well in advance and follow the Firework Safety Code
Remember, test your smoke alarms when you put up all your Christmas decorations to make sure they are working.
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