Festive Faux Pas


As the festive season begins, many of us will either be thinking about or putting up our decorations fairly soon.  We want you to stay safe and in control as the mounting pressure to produce a “perfect” Christmas has us making silly mistakes!

Festive Fairy lights and decorations

A whopping 350 people a year are injured by festive accidents including Christmas tree lights, falls while they are being put up, children swallowing the bulbs, and electric shocks and burns.

  • Don’t overload sockets it can lead to overheating and electrical fires.
  • Avoid cables being a tripping hazard, buy a cable guard so your pet can’t chew through the wires, cats, dogs and rabbits will all attempt this.
  • Test your lights and the wiring before you put them up. If necessary, buy new ones that meet higher safety standards, look for BS Kitemark. One in 40 people have suffered an electrical shock due to badly wired Christmas lights.
  • Always unplug lights before watering the Christmas tree.
  • Check that any lights being used outside are safe and designed for external use – and keep plugs and transformers indoors.
  • Switch off any electrical decorations at night and make sure your guests also know how to do so.

Avoid slips, falls and injuries in the festive season

  • Don’t go up to the loft when you’re alone in the house – have someone on hand to pass boxes to.
  • Alcohol, tiredness and excited children make the stairs an accident hotspot during Christmas. Make sure stairs are free from clutter.
  • Keep on top of clutter and discarded gift wrappings – toys, debris and trailing wires underfoot can lead to slips and trips, especially when elderly relatives are around.
  • Don’t rely on standing on chairs, stools and sofas when decorating high branches of the Christmas tree – invest in a proper stepladder.

Festive flames and fires

Over the Christmas period there is a huge increase in house fires. People are 50% more likely to die in a house fire than at any other time of the year.

  • Keep any Christmas cards, paper decorations and the Christmas tree away from heat sources such as candles, fires or heaters, as they can catch alight and burn easily.
  • Tea lights should be in an appropriate glass container to prevent burning through baths and televisions.
  • Blow out all candles before heading to bed.
  • Do get your chimney swept if you are planning on having a festive open fire.
  • Check that your smoke alarms are working, so there’s time to get out if a fire does start. Don’t forget to check the Carbon Monoxide alarm too.

Out and about this festive season

  • If bad weather sets in, keep a close eye on the weather forecast and pay attention to weather warnings. Family and friends will understand if you have to reschedule plans to avoid travelling on icy, snowy roads.
  • Be careful not to place strain on your back when Christmas shopping – take a pitstop to drop bags off at the car halfway through the day. Alternatively, wear a rucksack to spread the load and keep hands free.
  • Don’t use boiling water to melt ice – it’ll refreeze and make surfaces even more slippery.
  • Wear appropriate footwear with soles that grip if you’re out in bad weather. You can always carry party shoes in a separate bag!

We really do hope that you keep safe and well during this festive season and you don’t make any of the above festive faux pas!!

Should you require any further information or would like to speak to a member of our team please call us on: Hitchin 01462 420077 or Luton 01582 579687, alternatively e-mail us on: hichin@healesclinics.com or luton@healesclinics.com


Peter Heale Chiropractor in Hitchin and LutonFrom the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

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