HSE Banning Christmas? Bah Humbug!

Merry Christmas

The HSE have yet again come under criticism for scrooge-like behavior; banning snowballs, office decorations, Christmas trees and pantomime joviality are just some of the myths that have been published when it comes to health and safety at Christmastime.

But, you’ll be pleased to hear, none of these myths are true – as the HSE proves in this Christmas card! Of course, necessary precautions need to be taken when looking at any new activity in the public domain – but banning these activities is not necessary!

Christmas should be a time of fun and excitement for all ages. And, of course, everyone must take in to account their surroundings and remain safe (after all, the last thing anyone wants at this time of year is a trip to hospital!), but this doesn’t mean that festivities need to be banned.

Here are a 5 top health and safety tips to keep you safe this Christmas time, both at work, and at home.

–       Make sure your smoke alarm is tested and working correctly.

–       Check that electrical sockets are not overloaded with lights or other electrical appliances

–       When putting decorations only use the appropriate stepladder – never use a swivel chair or similar to gain height to decorate a room.

–       Ensure that any Christmas tree lights are fully working and not faulty

–       In the office make sure that electrical equipment is not being overheated by decorations blocking necessary vents

But most of all have a very Merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year!

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