Christmas safety

Christmas is a time when your home is likely to be full of people, and it's 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 children and, with a little more care and forward planning, most accidents could be avoided.

Christmas safety tips

  • Make sure you buy children's gifts for the correct age group and from reputable retailers, and ensure they comply to safety standards
  • Remember to buy batteries for toys that need them – that way you won't be tempted to remove batteries from smoke alarms
  • Look out for small items that could pose a choking hazard to young children, such as button batteries
  • Keep decorations and cards away from fires and other heat sources such as light fittings and don't leave burning candles unattended
  • 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
  • Give yourself enough time to prepare and cook Christmas dinner to avoid accidents that come from rushing, and wipe up any spills quickly
  • Have scissors handy to open packaging, so you're not tempted to use a knife, and have screwdrivers at the ready to assemble toys
  • Beware of trailing cables and wires in the rush to connect new gadgets and appliances, and always read the instructions
  • 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.
  • Plan New Year fireworks parties well in advance and follow the Firework Code
  • Do not drink and drive, and plan long journeys so you won't be driving tired.

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