How to avoid Household Accidents during the Festive Season
You survived the Xmas preparation I hope. The kids got their Xmas presents and the dog grabbed the turkey off the table. Your wife is past caring because you just bought her the most beautiful Prada cocktail dress she is going to wear to the New Years Party.
My wife and I had a quiet Xmas with no children or grandchildren. We have decided to visit them in the New Year The Xmas sales have started, we bought lots of presents for them and we might celebrate Xmas when we see them.
Xmas has come and gone and you might be planning a new years party for family and friends. The festive season is a time for joy and laughter but with it comes, accidents. I hear you say, ” It won’t happen to us”. Prevention is always better than cure.
Here is a list of home accidents You can prevent
Xmas tree catching alight
According to one magazine, it’s not unusual for your Christmas tree to catch fire. Apparently, they are responsible for more than 200 fires each year. It’s a tough choice whether to buy a real Xmas tree or an artificial one. The latter pose few risks than the former but each comes with its own safety issues.
Christmas tree lights are known for sparking electrical fires on Christmas Trees. A report from the US Fire Administration concluded that a faulty light can easily spark a fire. A simple solution would be to make sure the tree is well watered. Buy a tree that is still growing and cut it yourself or ask someone else to cut it for you. Pull out the needles, if it comes off easily, test another tree.
Artificial Trees – Even though real trees seem to pose the most threats in the home, artificial trees are equally susceptible to catching fire.
Overloading electrical sockets should be avoided at all cost. Follow the instructions on Christmas tree light packaging and determine how many lights you need to decorate your tree.
Falling down the Stairs
Clutter, alcohol, and exhaustion make the stairs an accident hotspot during Christmas, It’s common to fall down steps or stairs after drinking.
Keep your staircase well-lit, clutter-free from toys etc especially, if you are throwing a party for friends and family who would be going upstairs to the bathroom.
How to Throw a New Year’s Eve Party
Throwing a party can be fun things to watch out for hot fat, boiling water and sharp knives make the kitchen one of the most dangerous places during the festive season.
Try to keep other people (especially children) out of the kitchen. Avoid alcohol until you’ve finished cooking, and wipe up spills as soon as they happen so that people don’t slip.
Typical Christmas Day accidents include parents accidentally stabbing themselves with scissors, which they’ve used to assemble toys, instead of using a screwdriver.
People often cut themselves with knives when they’re opening presents too quickly. People also trip over toys and electric cables while rushing to try their new computers and other appliances.
Enjoy the moment to open presents and have a screwdriver at hand for toys that are screwed into the packaging. Clear unwanted packing ribbons, wrapping paper as you open presents. Avoid putting into the fireplace.
Take time to enjoy the moment. Have a screwdriver ready for toys that are screwed into the packaging. Clear up the packaging and wrapping paper as you go along, and remember to recycle.
Burning Wrapping Paper In The Fireplace
Burning your wrapping paper and disposable packaging in the fireplace may seem like an obvious place. Never burn wrapping paper or packaging as they give off toxic fumes, there is also a danger that flames can ignite creosote deposits in the flue.
Candles and House Decorations and Xmas Plants
More people are likely to die in a house fire over Christmas than at any other time of year. Take care with candles and oil burners and avoid a Christmas house fire. Don’t put candles on or near an open flame and don’t leave it unattended.Do not leave your children alone near candles or an open fireplace.
Put tea lights inside a suitable container.They have been known to burn through baths and television sets. Glass decorations should be placed out of the reach of toddlers and pets. Novelty decorations, such as stuffed Santas, reindeer and snowmen, which look like toys, may not comply with strict toy safety regulations.Keep out of reach from children.
Mistletoe is poisonous. Its berries contain toxic proteins that slow the heart rate and can cause hallucinations. The orange berries of the Christmas cherry can cause stomach pains. The Christmas rose is so effective at causing diarrhoea that it was used as a chemical weapon by the ancient Greeks.
Check with the garden centre whether the plants you’re buying are toxic keep them out of the reach of children. Follow these guides and tips and have a wonderful Festive Season. Read how to reduce stress during the festive season
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