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RoSPA offers safety guidance for this Christmas

17th December 2012 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has provided a number of safety tips to ensure residents remain safe this winter.

It has advised families to extinguish candles before they go to bed and to never leave them unattended in close proximity to a Christmas tree, curtains or soft furnishings.

As well as this, RoSPA has recommended buying a large number of batteries to ensure parents have enough to put in new toys and other Christmas gifts, helping to lower the temptation to remove batteries from a smoke alarm.

Sheila Merrill, RoSPA’s public health adviser, said: "Christmas is a time when people tend to light candles around the house, but don’t place them near anything that can catch light, like a Christmas tree. Always use a stable candle holder and make sure to blow candles out before going to bed or leaving the house."

Mark Cashin, chair of the Chief Fire Officers Association’s National Home Safety Committee, also offered some tips, advising homeowners to check their fairy lights carry the British Safety standard logo.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801507663-ADNFCR


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