How to Avoid a Christmas Calamity

Festive Fun or Fatalities

We all know Christmas to be a time to have fun with families and enjoying the food and gift giving, however do you ever consider that there are higher risks of accidents? In 2000, about 70,000 people were treated in hospitals over the festive period, 8,000 of which were home incidents on Christmas Day.

 

We would like to bring a few to mind so you can take precautions and really have a trauma-free time.

 

Electrical Errors

With darker days and festive fairy lights, we put up more lights and have more electrical equipment going at this time of year. 

1,000 Christmas injuries in one year were due to fairy lights. To avoid these, 

  1. check the cables are not twisted or frayed
  2. check the wires aren't near heat sources
  3. avoid overloading sockets and extension cords

 

Tree Troubles

As much as we love decorating and lighting up Christmas trees, there are risks with these too. To avoid these risks, take the following advice:-

  1. with real trees, ensure that they can be watered as much as possible. Dry trees are more susceptible to catching fire
  2. with fake trees, know that they are also very flammable, avoid naked flames around them - electric lights/candles only

 

Remember, if you have a real tree with roots you can re-pot it or plant it in the garden to use for next year. If not, then dispose of it via the Council or chop it up to use as mulch for your garden 😉 

 

Food Foibles

We all love all the rich, decedent delicacies of Christmas, but they do need to be handled carefully.

Meats, fish, mayonnaise, fresh cream and egg dishes are all high risk foods that bacteria love to grow in, and if left in optimum conditions, above 5  degrees C, then there is potential for food poisoning to occur. To avoid this horrible interruption to the festive fun, take into consideration the following:

  • Keep food out on the table for less than 90 minutes at a time.
  • Cook meats, such as your turkey, until there are no pink bits and the liquids coming out are running clear. If you have a thermometer, aim for your food to be at least C.
  • Refrigerate cooked meats and cover as soon as possible. Keep separate from raw meats and fish in the fridge.
  • Reheat things thoroughly until piping hot all the way through. Discard any leftovers after the second reheat.
  • Remember rice needs to be treated like meats or fish.

Best Wishes from IDH Training

We hope that these tips will help you and your families stay safe over the Christmas period. We wish you all a blessed and joyful celebration and safe travels wherever you might go.

We will be taking a break over the Christmas time but will return in 2018 with more compliance training opportunities. Watch our website for New Year deals.