Even without the extra visitors you might normally have in your home for the festive season this year, there are lots of other things that can lead to a higher risk of having an accident.
The good thing is that there should be many more of us spending time at home this year with the government's coronavirus restrictions, so homes might not be overcrowded, left unattended for too long and we will all be around around to keep more of an eye on things.
Our safety tips will help you enjoy your festivities, however you are celebrating this year, and make sure they aren't cut short by a trip to casualty.
- It's always best to buy children's gifts for the right age group and from reputable retailers, and to check they comply to safety standards. Don't forget to buy batteries for toys that need them – please don't ever remove them from your smoke alarms.
- Look out for small things that could choke someone - cracker novelties, those small button batteries, burst balloons etc. They can be lethal and all too tempting for little hands and mouths - and for your pets too!
- Don't ever drink and drive, and plan any long journeys with breaks so you don't drive tired.
- Keep decorations and cards away from fires and other heat sources like light fittings.
- Burning candles make a lovely atmosphere, but please don't leave them unattended. Always put them out before going to bed and never put candles on your Christmas tree.
- If you have old Christmas lights, think about buying new ones which meet much higher safety standards. The old glass bulb lights could get very hot and if they shattered, they could be very dangerous. If you still have some of these, it's probably time to get some new ones.
- Don't let children play with lights or decorations (bulbs have been swallowed).
- Christmas novelties are not toys, even if they look like them, so they don't have to comply with toy safety regulations. Keep them out of reach of young hands and mouths by displaying them at the very top of the Christmas tree.
- Give yourself enough time to make Christmas dinner to avoid rushing. Hot fat, boiling water and sharp knife accidents often come from panic or not getting dinner to the table on time.
- Keep anyone not helping with dinner out of the kitchen (too many cooks) and wipe up any spills quickly.
- Use scissors to open packaging, not a knife. Use proper screwdrivers to assemble toys and when the packages are all open, clear the clutter away. (Please dispose of it properly).
- Look out for 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. Make sure stairs are well-lit and free from anything anyone could trip over.
- Plan any New Year fireworks well in advance and always follow the Firework Code.
These things may all seem like common sense, and we certainly don't mean to suggest your home isn't safe, or you are not responsible, but it's been a difficult year and everyone will be doing their best to enjoy the festive season as much as they can, so please take care and stay safe.
We hope you and your families enjoy themselves and we will see you in 2021.