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Whether you are a little bah humbug or bouncing around like Tigger. With Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Christmas tree farms well and truly arrived there’s no escaping it – It’s almost Christmas.

Every year we get more amazed by how quickly the months pass and every year it’s time to remember those few things to stay safe through the festive season. It’s sobering to remember it’s not the most wonderful time of the year for many and as accident numbers rise throughout December it can be a difficult time for many reasons. Just like each time the clocks change, here in our Hundred Acre world we want to do all we can to keep everyone safe at work and at home.

Decorations

Decorations made of paper and light materials can burn easily. Don’t attach them to lights or place them near candles or other heat sources. And keep them out of reach of little ones as they can be pulled over and cause all sorts of damage and problems.

Christmas trees

Lots of people love real Christmas trees, we certainly do. Remember they are live trees and once they are cut they start to dry out. Watering trees and keeping them away from heat can help preserve them for longer and reduce the risk of fires.

As we have said before at this time of year, make sure that your Christmas tree lights are marked with the British Safety or CE marking. If they’re not, do not use them and replace them with a set that are. Keep the lights switched off while you’re decorating your tree and don’t overload your electrical sockets. Make sure you turn the lights off and unplug them when you go to bed or leave the house.

The UK government’s Fire Kills campaign has made a very sobering one minute video, which shows just how quickly a Christmas tree fire can destroy a living room. Although we certainly don’t want to scare you, we think everyone should be aware of this potential danger in their home.

Test your smoke alarm – Just in case you didn’t do this as the clocks changed and haven’t done for a while, go test them now. Make sure they are working and if not replace them or get some advice or help to make sure your home is covered.

Alcohol

Be careful if you have a few drinks to remember alcohol flows more freely at this time of year. When it does it can be easy to lose track of how much you’re drinking. The message about drink driving is clear: don’t do it. Remember it takes time for alcohol to exit your system so you may not be safe to drive the following morning.

Look after your loved ones

Make sure you check on your elderly and less-abled relatives, colleagues and neighbours. Cold weather can have a huge impact on their health.

Whatever you do, have fun!

For those of you planning a Christmas event, please remember there is no “no” in health and safety. Health and safety should not be used as an excuse to stop things from happening, it’s just a case of think and plan whatever you are doing, even more so at this time to make sure your festive events go ahead smoothly and safely.

Don’t let health and safety be used as an excuse, take a look at The HSE’s 12 Myths of Christmas for some previous stories.

If you have any questions about occupational safety and health, please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone on +44 (0)1933 201103 or via our contact page.

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