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Tips To Keep Your Home Safe At Christmas

Tips to keep your home safe at Christmas

Although Christmas is a magical time of the year, sometimes celebrations and decorations can lead to accidents. We want the whole family to have a brilliant time so we have come up with some tips on how to ensure you, or your live-in carer, can ensure your home are safe and accident free over the festive period!

Your Christmas Tree

Keep your tree at least three feet away from all heat sources (like fireplaces, radiators, and heat vents). If you have a real tree, remember to keep it watered; the drier the tree, the more easily it could ignite.

Don't Overdo It On The Lights

Check the lights' packaging for the power output and never plug in more than what a power strip or outlet says it can handle. You never want to connect more than three strings of lights in one series. Always look for the UL symbol when buying electrical items and pay attention to its colour: green means it's approved for indoor use, and red means it can be used indoors and outdoors. If you're using old lights, check the wires to make sure there are no signs of fraying or cracking.

Be Careful With Candles

We love candles, especially at Christmas - but they are a fire hazard. Keep lit candles at least 12 inches away from surrounding objects. Trim wicks to a quarter of an inch before you light them and only let candles burn for one hour for every inch of diameter, so the wax can melt evenly. It is important to remember that for those living with dementia, it can increase the risk of forgetfulness, making precautions with handling things like candles essential. A live-in carer can offer vital oversight, while home care support ensures a safer living environment.

Never Throw Anything But Logs Into Your Fireplace

Don't try to burn evergreens or wreaths in a fireplace or wood stove. Greenery and tree needles burn much faster than logs, creating sparks, which can fly into the room or onto the roof. They can also cause a build-up of creosote, a highly flammable compound, in the chimney. Don't burn wrapping paper, because it can contain metallic materials that could be hazardous to breathe in!

Remember To Secure The House If you're visiting friends and family, you should do more than just lock up. Tell neighbours you trust that you're going away and have them keep an eye out for anything strange.

You can ask your live-in carer to help you ensure your home is safe - ask them to read this post as a reminder for things to look our for!

With our full-time home care support, you will receive round-the-clock assistance tailored to meet your individual needs. Our dedicated live-in care team is committed to ensuring that you not only enjoy a high quality of life but also have the freedom to live as independently as possible alongside our living in carers, while retaining control and choice over your daily routines. Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive and friendly 24-hour live-in care, allowing you to feel supported and empowered every step of the way.


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