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 and 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 - 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. So, if you have a three-inch candle, it shouldn't burn for more than three hours.
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!