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Be Merry, Be Safe

20 December 2023

Your health and safety | Your Home |

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The holiday season is a time for joy and celebration, but it’s important to prioritise safety to ensure a happy and accident-free festive period.

Here’s a Christmas safety guide to help you be merry and safe. We know that some of this seems pretty obvious but sometimes a handy checklist can help during busier times of the year.

Fire Safety

  • Check Smoke Alarms – Make sure that your smoke alarms are working correctly. Test them regularly and let us know if you have any issues or concerns.
  • Cooking Safely – When you’re cooking, especially over the Christmas period, it’s important to not leave it unattended, even if you’ve forgotten the jar of cranberry sauce!
  • Calor Gas Heaters – Heating your home with a portable gas heater is a major risk and could cause serious harm to you and your family. We highly recommend using an alternative as this will be cheaper and safer for you and your family. For alternative ways to keep your home warm, visit: Keeping my home warm – Trivallis.

If you are currently using one of these heaters please get in touch, we’re here to help and can support you in making the switch.

Electrical Safety

  • Overloading Sockets – Avoid overloading electrical sockets. Use extension cords carefully and never link extension cords of multiple adapters in a chain.
  • Water and Electricity – We know this is one of those obvious ones, but water and electricity doesn’t mix well. Keep electrical decorations away from water sources, and ensure hands are dry when handling electrical devices to avoid a nasty shock.
  • Christmas Tree Lights – Choose lights that are suitable for indoor use, and never use damaged or exposed wires. Turn the lights off when leaving your home or going to bed.

Recycling

  • Wrapping Paper – Recycle wrapping paper and cardboard packaging appropriately, making sure it can be recycled.
  • Food Waste – Where possible, use your Christmas leftovers for new dishes but if there is any food going to waste, make sure to use your food recycling bins to dispose of it.
  • Christmas Tree Recycling – If you have a real Christmas tree, check with your local council for tree recycling options.

For more information on Christmas waste and recycling, visit RCT Council or Cardiff Council dedicated Christmas pages.

Safe Decorations

  • Stable Decorations – We’re sure you’ve put a lot of effort into making your home look festive, to keep it that way make sure your decorations are stable and won’t easily tip over. This is especially important if you have small children or pets.
  • Candles – If using candles, never leave them unattended and keep them away from flammable materials. Consider using flameless LED candles as a safer alternative.
  • Protect your home – Please make sure that the decorations you use to make your home festive, don’t cause any damage to your property, both internally and externally.

Lithium Batteries

Lithium batteries are found in e-scooters, bikes, mobility scooters and even in mobile phones, laptops and e-cigarettes.

  • Safe Charging Space – When charging your device, ensure there’s plenty of space around it and that it’s not blocking any exits or communal areas such as hallways and stairwells. This is important in case of an emergency, like a fire.
  • Stick to the Original Charger – Always use the charger that comes with your device. Using poor-quality chargers can harm the battery and pose risks.
  • Follow instructions – Pay close attention to the manufacturer’s guidelines for charging the battery. Unplug the device once it’s fully charged to prevent any mishaps.

More information on lithium batteries can be found, here.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and please remember to keep you and your loved ones safe.