Are you a little bah humbug or bouncing around like Tigger? With Halloween, Remembrance and Thanksgiving behind us; and seeing decorations and lights appearing everywhere we travel, there’s no avoiding it…. It’s almost Christmas!
Every year we get more amazed by how quickly the months fly by and this year is no different. This year it’s not only the end of the year, it’s the end of the decade too. More on that to come another time.
As we do every year, it’s time to remember those few things to stay safe through the festive season. We always find it sobering to remember it’s not the most wonderful time of the year for some and as accident numbers rise through 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.
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.
Make sure your Christmas tree lights are marked with the CE mark. 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.
So just in case you didn’t do this as the clocks change and haven’t done for a while; go test your smoke detectors now. Make sure they are working correctly and if not, replace them or get some advice and make sure your home is covered.
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 and furry babies too as they can be pulled over and cause all sorts of damage and problems.
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’ve been drinking. The message about drink driving is clear: don’t do it. Remember too, it takes time for alcohol to exit your system so you may not be safe to drive the following morning either.
Look after your loved ones
Take a little time and make sure you check on your elderly and less-abled relatives, colleagues and neighbours. Cold weather can have a huge impact on their health and if they have no one there, you checking might make a big difference to their world.
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 of their 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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