Safety during the Festive Season

Holiday Safety

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.

Road Safety
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.

Fire Safety
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.
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