This Christmas, the NLA’s Representative for Kent, Marion Money, spreads her safety cheer.
Christmas is a time of joy and happiness but it’s also a time of indulgence and mishap. In fact according to research carried out by Lloyds TSB, fire damage increases by more than two thirds over Christmas.
So when you go to spread the joy with your tenants this festive season, perhaps you could share these tips to help ensure a happy and healthy Christmas:
- Test your smoke alarm on a weekly basis, don’t neglect to do this over the busy festive season.
- Never remove the batteries from your smoke alarm, even if you have new toys needing batteries. Many rental contracts will state that you should not remove the batteries from safety alarms and some contracts even state that bonds will not be returned if batteries are removed.
- Be sure to keep trailing cables and wires tucked away neatly.
- Renew old Christmas lights as newer lights meet much higher safety standards. Remember to check older lights for damages and check they have the correct fuse in place. You want to avoid Christmas tree fires at all cost.
- Always turn Christmas tree lights off when you leave the property and for at least half an hour before going to bed.
- Don’t leave candles unattended and be sure to keep them well away from decorations, cards and your Christmas tree.
- Avoid overloading electrical sockets.
- If you are planning to have fireworks as part of your celebrations, always plan ahead and ensure the display is a fair distance from the property.
For more advice and guidance on health and safety, you’ll find chapters on fire safety, gas, electricity, furniture and personal safety in the NLA’s online library.