As much as we all love Christmas, It can be a really dangerous time of year. According to the NHS nearly 80,000 people need to go to A&E due to injuries such as falls, cuts and burns during the Christmas period. We spend more time in the kitchen, more time out in the cold and more time rushing around. That’s why it’s so important for us to be aware of hazards at Christmas time. Keep reading to see the potential hazards at Christmas time and how to prevent them.
1 – The Christmas tree
We Brits love Christmas trees, both real and artificial ones! But unfortunately they are big causes of house fires. So you need to make sure to tend and care for your tree properly. If your tree is real:
For more tree safety tips, please see this blog.
2 – Decorations
Getting your decorations up safely, and making sure that they’re secure is a must do. There’s some good precautions you can take to ensure that there’s no problems with your Christmas decorations this year.
3 – Spills and slips
Christmas really can get stressful. With so many people out and about, we feel the need to rush everywhere. So whether you’re at home, at the shops or at a party, the chance for spilt liquid is high.
Try and take it slow when walking around with liquids this Christmas time. If you’re carrying hot liquids, make sure they’ve either got a lid on or that you’re not surrounded by people. Although it’s a lot of fun getting merry, having to go to A&E might put a damper on things.
4 – Alcohol safety
Getting merry is always a goal at Christmas time. However, seeing as a lot of us like to do this through alcohol, it’s best to keep an eye on your drinking. Follow some of these tips to keep on top of your alcohol consumption at Christmas.
5 – Christmas cooking safety
We spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking at Christmas, which means there are more chances for hazards to arise. Encourage guests to stay out of the kitchen, or at least away from the chef, when cooking is in full swing. That way there’s less distractions and less chance of harm.
Be aware of your surroundings when using the hob, ovens, hot water and knives. Make sure to keep alcohol to a minimum if you’re cooking, and have oven mitts to hand for when you’re moving hot plates. Read our Top 5 Most Common Accidents article for more on kitchen safety.
6 – Sweets & treats (pets)
There’s plenty of sweets to go around at Xmas. Hard boiled sweets, chocolates, toffees, truffles, everyone’s got a favourite! Although they may be tasty to you, to your pets they could be poisonous. Make sure to get clued up on what ingredients can cause harm to your furry friends. Here are some of the well known poisonous ingredients to cats and dogs:
7 – Christmas food safety
We eat a lot of food at Christmas. Turkey, roast potatoes, pork trimmings, pigs in blankets, cheese, mince pies. There’s lots of it, so you need to be aware of the dangers of food poisoning. One of the main food hazards is the turkey, so make sure to:
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8 – COVID
Unfortunately COVID is a big danger in our life these days, and Christmas is no exception. Above all, be aware of your surroundings and who you’re mingling with. As well as thinking about these other COVID Christmas safety tips:
9 – Winter weather
10 – Shopping safety
This may not be the first thing you think about at Christmas, but our shopping habits change a lot at this time of year. Whether it’s online or in-store, there’s a lot of places for harm when shopping.
11 – Check your electricals
12 – Choke hazards
Small toys and decorations are big potential problems for your toddlers (and pets) during the festive season. Make sure to keep decorations at least three feet above reaching height of your children, as well as double checking the age range for the toys you buy them. Although it’s difficult to be in two places at once, do your best to supervise them at Christmas, especially whilst they’re opening their presents or playing with their new toys.
To go that extra bit further, learn how to help people who are choking.