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StayTuesday 06 December 2016

Stay safe at home this Christmas

Christmas is a time for celebration and high jinks with family and loved ones. But it is also a time for taking extra precautions to avoid accidents at home.

A burning Christmas tree can swiftly fill a room with deadly fire and gases. Older trees shed needles too easily (bounce it up and down as a test). If lots of needles fall off, the tree has probably dried out and is a fire hazard. If in doubt, don’t buy it.

Here are some more Christmas hazards to watch out for.

  • Switch off fairy lights and unplug them before you go to bed or leave the house.
  • Check your Christmas tree lights conform to the British Standard (BS EN 60598)
  • Check the fuses are the right type; if bulbs blow, replace them
  • Decorations made of light tissue paper or cardboard burn easily
  • Don’t attach decorations to lights or heaters
  • Don’t put Christmas cards immediately above or around the fireplace
  • Keep them away from candles
  • Check your smoke alarms before Christmas
  • Never leave cooking unattended and avoid cooking ‘under the influence’
  • Last but not least, check on older relatives and neighbours this Christmas as they are at greater risk from fire.
Happy Christmas from everyone at Oxford Accident Solicitors. 'Looking after your claim. Looking after you.'
 
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