How To Make Sure Your Christmas Runs Smoothly

8th December, 2015, by Carol O’Grady MARLA

Christmas Hazards Around the Home

It’s that time of year again and it’s only a matter of time before we’re clambering into the loft to retrieve the tinsel and baubles, firing up the fairy lights and buying the tree.

Christmas is one of my favourite times of year, and I’m as guilty as the next person for transforming my house into Santa’s grotto, inside and out.

Although, after undertaking Fire Marshall Training along with another member of staff at FHP Living, it made me think about the potential dangers that come hand in hand with Christmas that we wouldn’t imagine risking at another time of the year. There are a few simple precautions we can all take to make sure our festive spirit doesn’t risk getting dampened!

Five Christmas Hazards to Watch Out For:

Lighting up the House

The most common mistake is to overload the plug sockets; we all like our lights in certain places, so we tend to overuse the most convenient one. This can lead to overheating, which could cause sparks to fly and a fire to start — it could even lead to someone getting a nasty electric shock. If you plan on going light crazy this Christmas, invest in some extension leads so you can spread your use evenly across all of your power sockets.

Also, make sure you turn your lights off when you leave the house. What could be a small manageable fire when you’re in the house becomes a different story when there is no one around to stop it.

Putting up Christmas Decorations

Hanging decorations often look great in high-up places: over the stairs, off the roof eves, hanging from the ceiling. But if you are not used to using a ladder, you could lose your balance and fall very easily — always make sure there is someone there to hold it, especially when you’re outside on the icy winter ground. Also, avoid hanging anything off lights. The combination of heat, plastic and paper hasn’t got a good track record.

Unstable Christmas Trees

Over the years, plastic Christmas trees may have grown popular, but many people still like to buy the traditional real evergreen, with a ‘bigger the better’ mindset!

It’s wise to invest in a sturdy Christmas tree holder, as the smaller ones often don’t do the job, meaning your tree could fall into Granny’s path, or onto your presents and carpet, which could quickly set alight if left.

Remember when the tree is in the ground it is supported by a network of roots underground and would soon become unstable without them.

Unnecessary Fire Hazards

 Christmas morning brings with it a floor littered with wrapping paper, especially if there are young children in the house. Nobody wants to tidy up on Christmas day, but all of that paper and cardboard makes your home a fire’s dream, so you’ll thank yourself later for doing a quick wrapping paper sweep.

Candles are another fire hazard. Never leave them unattended, make sure any candles on your windowsills are blown out before you draw your curtains and do not put them on or near the Christmas trees. Tea lights should be placed in a suitable container.

The Christmas chaos that we all love can make us oblivious to the usual hazards, so it’s important to stay on top of things before they have a chance to develop into something serious.

Over Excitement

This advice is not just to children, we are all guilty of getting a bit too excited at Christmas, but our common sense still needs to stay in tact! Believe it or not, there have been incidents of parents accidentally stabbing themselves with scissors which they have used to assemble toys. People often cut themselves with knives when opening presents too quickly. Injuries increase over the Christmas period, so while you are watching the children, make sure you watch yourself too!

 All the staff at FHP Living wish you a Very Happy and Safe Christmas

By Carol O’Grady

carol@fhpliving.co.uk