Holiday Safety

The holiday season is starting, and with it, many memories will be created. Some will be new, and some will be a tradition. But whatever memories you are looking to create, ensure they do not include a trip to A&E. Making your holiday’s safe by following these tips.

Do Not Overload It

The joys of decorating for Christmas are exciting. All the lights make this time of year seem special and magical. However, remember not to overload your circuits. Electrical fires are the number one causes of accidents and house fires during the holidays. This can easily be avoided by making sure holiday lights are inspected before use. Check for old, frayed wiring. If the insulation is cracked or exposing wire, then replace the light strand. Christmas trees, especially live trees, should not be overloaded with lights. Too much heat produced from the lights can cause the tree to dry out and catch fire. So, dim it down a little.
Extension cords should not be plugged into each other. Overloaded extension cords can cause electrical fires. Make sure that the cords can of handle the voltage that you are powering. If you see or smell signs of electrical burns, then quickly disconnect the wires and reconfigure.
Also, combustible items must not be too close to electrical sockets or similar, a threat of catching on fire

Working at height

Putting up decorations, decorating the tree

Decorations

Must not increase the risk of a fire
Must keep the fire escape route sterile, no sources of ignition or large quantities of combustible material
Not to create a trip hazard
Not to create a height hazard
Making sure the Christmas tree is secured
Ensure fire doors close correctly, in terms of decorating doors

Let it Snow

The beautiful picturesque views of snowy hilltops and building lined with icicles are one of the best things about winter. But snow and ice can lead to a lot of slips and falls. It is a classic comedy to see the individual walking outside their front steps and slip with their heels flying up over their head. But this type of scene can easily lead to broken hips and fractured bones.
Need to grit paths and steps and put signage out
Prevent those slips and falls by keeping ice and snow cleared from walkways. Apply salt or sand to help provide traction for pedestrians. If possible, make handrails available for added safety.
Food
Beware of allergies and sensitivities
Alcohol
Not overdoing it, driving home, returning to work after Christmas lunch etc…