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Be Safe this Christmas

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The holiday season is here! For those that celebrate Christmas everyone is getting excited to share in the holiday spirit. However, it’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and whilst you’re busy decorating the house, safety may be one of the last things on your mind.

Sadly mishaps do happen so to ensure you have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season with your friends and family, here are some tips to keep in mind:

Decorate your home safely

Tips to bear in mind whilst decking out your home:

  1. Work as a team.  When stringing lights and decorations above your normal reach, make sure you use a proper ladder with someone supporting the base.
  2. Double-check your lights for safety. Replace any lights with frayed wires, broken sockets, and loose connections.
  3. Remember to turn off all lights when you go to bed and before leaving the house to avoid a short that could start an electrical fire.
  4. Prevent electrical cord damage.  Don’t mount lights in a way that might damage the cords, and avoid using nails or tacks. Use hooks or insulated staples instead.
  5. Skip the fake food.  Avoid decorations that look like sweets or food if you have young children — or pets — in the house.
  6. Beware of poisonous plants.  Festive poinsettias are poisonous when eaten, so keep them out of reach of kids and pets.

Safety with toys

Many say that Christmas is all about the children and that you cannot visit children without taking a gift.  Here are a few tips to bear in mind when buying toys:

  1. Make sure you buy children's gifts for the correct age group and from reputable retailers, and ensure they comply to safety standards.
  2. Remember to buy batteries for toys that need them – that way you won't be tempted to remove batteries from smoke alarms.
  3. Look out for small items that could pose a choking hazard to young children, such as button batteries.
  4. Remember, Christmas novelties and decorations are not toys and they do not have to comply with toy safety regulations - place them high up and out of reach of young hands.
  5. Have scissors handy to open packaging, so you're not tempted to use a knife, and have screwdrivers at the ready to assemble toys


Food Safety

Many of us concentrate on the food shopping list and spend hours planning and preparing the perfect Christmas dinner so here are some tips to ensure that your guests enjoy their food.

  1. Give yourself enough time to prepare and cook Christmas dinner to avoid accidents that come from rushing, and wipe up any spills quickly.
  2. Food poisoning is always a worry at Christmas. Read the instructions on the turkey well and   don’t risk short cuts as it takes hours to cook a turkey properly an uncooked turkey can cause salmonella poisoning, which can be life-threatening for vulnerable people.
  3. Choose food wisely when eating from a buffet.  Rooms can be hot and food left out for a few hours which could cause upset stomachs.
  4. When eating out, check the food is properly cooked through properly, especially poultry.
  5. If you have any food allergies or intolerances, be sure to advise the staff and ask about the ingredients and cooking methods, everyone is busy at this time of year, just take your time when ordering food and make sure the staff are fully aware.
  6. Do not drink and drive, and plan long journeys so you won't be driving tired.


First Aid

On the twelfth day of Christmas: more than 80,000 people a year need hospital treatment for injuries such as falls, cuts and burns during the festive period, according to the NHS.  With 6,000 of these needing to be admitted.

Ian Wolstenhulme, Personal Injury Solicitor advises, “Falls are the most common accidents so try to keep clutter to a minimum and make sure stairs are well-lit and free from obstacles.  Take care when visiting family and friends as you may not be as familiar with the layout of their home.  Beware of trailing cables and wires in the rush to connect new gadgets and appliances which you might have received as gifts.   ”

We wish you a Happy Christmas period as it is a special and magical time. A little forward planning can ensure that it is a memorable time for all the right reasons.


If you need advice on Personal Injuries please do not hesitate to contact us on 0161 785 3500


Please note that the information and opinions contained in this article are not intended to be comprehensive, nor to provide legal advice. No responsibility for its accuracy or correctness is assumed by Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers Ltd or any of its members or employees. Professional legal advice should be obtained before taking, or refraining from taking, any action as a result of this article.

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