Christmas safety tips
Updated: Dec 1, 2020
Christmas is a fabulous time of the year ... we're usually off work, spending time with family and friends, eating, drinking and generally having fun!
But, there are some things (other than COVID) that can ruin it all!
The good news is, if we keep these things in mind, we can make sure they don't ruin our plans. Read on ....
Putting up the decorations
Falls from ladders, tables and chairs spike at Christmas when people are putting up lights and decorations. Some falls can be serious, resulting in broken bones or cuts and bruises
Don’t stand on tables or chairs ... use a step or ladder instead, depending on the height you need to reach
Before using a ladder, make sure it’s in good condition and it’s set up on a firm and level surface
Have someone hold the ladder while you're on it
Wear suitable footwear
Don’t drink and decorate!
Lots of fires are triggered by some failure of a piece of equipment, including Christmas lights that are faulty or incorrectly installed.
When buying lights, check they have an Australian Approval number
Check your house has an RCD installed
If you plan on your house being visible from outer space, think about getting additional outdoor power points installed - don't overload your existing power system
Make sure artificial Christmas trees and decorations are flame-resistant
Turn off your Christmas lights when you’re not home
Don't overload extension or power boards
We all know that Australia’s road toll spikes during the Christmas and New Year period.
Make sure you’re well rested before going on a long road trip, give yourself plenty of time to get there and take breaks (about 15 minutes every two hours)
Avoid driving at odd hours of the morning or night, when you would normally be asleep
Stick to the speed limit
It goes without saying that you shouldn't drink and drive
Before going on long road trips, check your engine, lights and tyres or even consider getting your car serviced; and check any trailer and caravans too
Lots of homes are left empty during the holidays, making them prime targets for burglars. Some things you can do to avoid coming home to a burgled house are:
secure all windows and doors
ask a friend, relative or neighbour to collect your mail
use lights with a timer that allows you to have the lights on at different times of the night
Having a few?
If you're a tee totaler (ie you don't drink alcohol) you've nothing to worry about, but if you like to have a few drinkies, read on:
Make sure you've organised to get home if you're out and drinking
Think about the standard drinks you're consuming (one glass does not equal one standard drink)
Consider pouring your own drinks to keep track if you're drinking at home
Eat before, and while, you're drinking
Consider drinking low-alcohol drinks, alternating alcohol with soft drinks or switching to water (which will also keep you hydrated in the hot Australian summer)
Resist the temptation to drink every day of the holidays
Hope these tips help and you have a fabulous Christmas and New Year!