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Twelve messages for Christmas

Follow our tips to help you have a safe and happy Christmas:

  1. Tis the season to be jolly…If you are planning a Christmas party, be considerate towards your neighbours and make sure your visitors are too.  Don’t let it spiral out of control, or be too loud and go on too late.  Think about being neighbourly and inviting your neighbours so you can all enjoy the festive season together.
  2. Falls are the most common accidents at Christmas so try and keep clutter to a minimum and ensure any decorations are secured properly.
  3. Alcohol consumption increases by 40% in December, never be tempted to drink and drive.  Try to be considerate and quiet when returning home to avoid disturbing your neighbours. 
  4. Keep Christmas cards and wrapping paper away from candles and other heat sources to avoid a fire. Don’t leave candles burning unattended.
  5. Check your smoke alarms are in working order.
  6. Only buy and use Christmas lights marked with a safety standard and check all wiring is secure and no wires are frayed or loose before using. Do not overload sockets, unplug all lights when leaving your home or going to bed.
  7. We all love a traditional Christmas dinner, but tipping turkey fat down your sink can cause it to block. Instead leave it to cool and dispose of in the bin otherwise it could become a very expensive dinner.
  8. Presents can often result in more wrapping paper and rubbish to dispose of. Please put all your rubbish properly in the bins provided and don’t leave items cluttering communal areas. If possible consider taking some items to the tip to prevent overfilling bin stores.
  9. Bogus callers can be more active around the festive season, remind elderly and vulnerable family and friends of safety advice.
  10. Christmas may be a difficult time for some people. If you are in an abusive relationship, there is support available, don’t suffer in silence this Christmas.  Contact or for advice.
  11. Christmas can be a prosperous time for burglars – take extra care to secure all doors and windows properly when you go out and avoid leaving gifts on show.
  12. Gift buying can be very expensive. Try to avoid spending money you haven’t got and think about cheaper options which will still allow you to relax and enjoy Christmas. See our money advice pages for top tips.

Finally, Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year to everyone.

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