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  • Writer's pictureMarie Robertson-King

'Tis the season to be safe

Updated: Apr 16, 2022

Christmas is a fabulous time of the year…we’re usually taking a break, 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 for my top safety tips… Deck the halls

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!

Christmas lights

Lots of fires are triggered by a 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 so you 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 (it’s recommended 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.

Going away?

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 teetotaller (ie you don’t drink alcohol) you’ve nothing to worry about, but if you like to have a few drinks, read on:

  • Make sure you’ve organised a safe way 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 or at a friend’s place.

  • Eat before and while you’re drinking.

  • Consider 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.

I hope you find these tips helpful and you have a wonderful Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!


Marie Robertson-King

After decades working in mining, aviation and oil & gas, Marie founded Empress of Order, a virtual assistant service, in 2018 and quickly became fully booked. With a background in operations and safety, focussing on processes, systems and procedures, Marie now supports busy business owners and helps them bring order to their lives!

She’s certified by the VA Institute and was named in the Inside Small Business Top 50 Business Leaders in 2020.

Marie facilitates a coworking day each month in her hometown of Perth, where business owners get together to work and build connections. This year Marie expanded her empire with the purchase of The Digital Mums Directory, an online membership and directory for female digital experts in Australia, with two biz friends.

Marie lives in the beautiful Perth Hills with her husband Simon and fur-babies. She’s can’t function without her morning coffee and loves a glass of bubbles in the evening.


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