It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also one of the most dangerous. Between bursting electrical sockets, homes full of expensive gifts and the sense of merriment in the air, general safety rules can slide, leaving you vulnerable to accidents over the holiday season.
Here are some of the things we think are the most dangerous to do over the Christmas period – have you fallen foul to any of them already?
Leaving presents easily visible under the tree
It might be tempting to put your Christmas gifts out before Christmas Eve, but by leaving them in plain sight you might be encouraging burglars to break into your home to retrieve them. If you think about your habits when out in your car – would you leave your handbag in the passenger seat whilst out for the day? Apply this to your home. If you know you will be out for extended periods of time, don’t leave gifts where passers-by can spot them.
Overloading power sockets
With Christmas ornaments and fairy lights contending for plug space, sockets tend to get a bit overcrowded this time of year. Don’t be tempted to scrimp on a cheap multi-plug socket to try and solve a problem. Too many plugs at once and these could surge, leaving you with a bigger electrical mess to fix, or worse, a fire. Instead, invest in a spurge-protector with space for multiple plugs and try to limit the amount of electricals you have on the go at any one time.
Leaving Christmas tree lights on for extended periods of time
Use your Christmas lights wisely. Switch them on when in the home to enjoy them, but turn them off when out or asleep. These can be applied to both indoor and outdoor lights, which can be unexpected fire hazards when not properly monitored. To be extra-safe, why not consider purchasing a timer-plug, which will automatically switch the lights off after a pre-determined time frame, saving you the worry about having to remember.
Having open flames unattended
Candles can create a wonderful, romantic atmosphere at Christmastime, particularly when scented with hints of cinnamon or clove. But, when left unattended, they can create a serious fire risk, especially if kept near to flammable objects, like Christmas trees or paper. Prevent fires by keeping them out of reach of children, away from places they might easily be knocked over, and in protected containers (such as candleholders).
Abbey Insurance Brokers
To keep your home as safe as possible over the festive period, make sure you have great home insurance in place. This means that should an accident occur, you have a reliable, local team on-hand to assist. Give one of the Abbey Insurance advisors a call on 08000 66 55 44.