Stay safe during the festive season with these helpful tips:
The festive season is upon us and with it comes busy crowds, increased crime and personal safety threats. Here are a few tips to keep your and your loved ones safe during these peak crime times.
Everyone seems to be in a rush to get their Christmas shopping done and enjoy their festive celebrations, this is even more reason to take precaution on the roads.
- Don’t drink and drive.
- Slow down.
- Always wear your seatbelt.
- Carry a First Aid kit.
- Pull over if you are feeling drowsy.
Christmas is a time for giving, however it’s important to make sure that the gifts you give bring only joy.
- Make sure you buy children’s gifts for the correct age group and from reputable sources that comply with standards (e.g. The Toys Safety Regulations 2011).
- Remember to buy batteries for toys that need them – that way you won’t be tempted to remove batteries from essential household items.
- Look out for small items that could pose a choking hazard to young children, including parts that have fallen off toys or from Christmas trees, button batteries and burst balloons.
- Have scissors handy to open packaging, so you’re not tempted to use a knife, and have screwdrivers at the ready to assemble toys.
Decorating your Christmas tree and house with lights and decorations is a fun activity for the whole family. Remember these tips to turn your home into a fire hazard free zone.
- Don’t leave candles near your Christmas tree or unattended.
- Decorations can burn easily so don’t attach them to Christmas lights.
- Keep candles, lighters and matches out of reach of children.
- Most fires start in the kitchen – never leave cooking unattended.
- If you are planning to celebrate with fireworks, store them in a metal box, read the instructions, never go back to a lit firework and keep a bucket of water nearby.
The festive season is an exciting time, remember to relax, have fun and most importantly stay safe.