Help to keep your family safe, happy and healthy this Christmas by following this advice:
- Decorations: Keep cards and decorations away from sources of heat such as candles, fires and electric lamps. Don’t let children play with Christmas novelties or decorations – these are not toys and often won’t meet the relevant safety standards.
- Christmas tree: Buy new Christmas lights rather than reusing very old or second-hand sets. Turn tree lights off when not in room and don’t let children play with them. If you choose a real tree, keep it away from heat sources, make sure the stand is filled with water and don’t keep the tree up for longer than two weeks. Read RoSPA’s advice about Christmas lights here.
- Candles: Don’t leave candles burning in empty rooms or near decorations – and don’t use them on your tree.
- Kitchen: Avoid having too many people in the kitchen as dinner is being prepared. Take care with pans of hot fat and boiling water and wipe up any spills immediately to avoid slips. Make sure food is thoroughly cooked – uncooked turkey can cause salmonella poisoning. Read this NHS guide to safely cooking a turkey.
- Gifts: Use scissors rather than a knife to open parcels. Clear away used wrapping paper and ribbons quickly to avoid slips, trips and falls.
- Children’s gifts: Choose children’s gifts that comply with safety standards – be especially vigilant if buying from craft fairs or Christmas markets. Keep an area in your home clear for assembling new toys and gadgets, to keep clutter to a minimum and reduce risk of trips. Get in a stock of different batteries before Christmas, so you can’t be tempted to use batteries from smoke alarms to appease disappointed children.
Be prepared: your Christmas safety kit
- First aid kit
- Fire extinguisher
- Screwdriver for assembling toys
- Plenty of batteries