We would like to ensure everyone has a safe and happy festive season and asks that you take a moment to read our top tips for keeping you and your family safe this Christmas and New Year.
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. But one of the good things about Christmas is that there are typically more people around to supervise the children and, with a little more care and forward planning, most accidents could be avoided.
Please follow our advice for keeping safe this Christmas and New Year:
Enjoying a drink at Christmas
Do not drink and drive, and plan long journeys so you won't be driving tired
Keep an eye on your drinks and never leave them unattended. Even soft drinks could get spiked.
Getting behind the wheel after drinking can have tragic consequences, our advice is simple, don’t drink and drive.
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. Wipe up any spills quickly
The majority of fires start in the kitchen so this is a high risk area. Many of us enjoy a merry tipple over the festive season but be sure to avoid cooking whilst under the influence of alcohol.
Never cook after drinking – you can easily become distracted.
• If you've been out for the night get a take away rather than attempt to cook.
• Turn off all appliances when you have finished cooking.
• Be wary of being distracted due to a houseful of guests.
• Never leave cooking unattended.
• Keep candles away from decorations, Christmas trees, cards, wrapping paper, fires, lights and heaters.
• Never leave burning candles unattended.
• Ensure candles are out of reach from pets and children.
• Unplug Christmas lights when you're going to bed or leaving the house.
• Don't overload sockets with too many lights.
• Put your cigarette out, right out. Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished and take care when under the influence of alcohol or tired. It's very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning and set furniture alight.
• Stick with friends, look out for one another and make sure you all get home safely.
• Arrange a meeting point and rendezvous times incase you get separated from friends.
• Pre-book safe transport home and do not accept lifts from strangers.
• Why not give your friends and relatives a smoke alarm, carbon monoxide alarm or battery powered candle as a gift for Christmas.