On the 1st day of Christmas… Check the batteries in all your smoke alarms. Christmas is a time when there’s lots of cooking, lights and other fire hazards.
On the 2nd day of Christmas… Fit locks to cupboards within reach of kids. Pantries are usually bulging at Christmas time and little hands like to explore unfamiliar things. If you’re lucky this could mean your box of After Eights is eaten before the big day, but there could be more serious consequences if kids get their hands on anything toxic.
On the 3rd day of Christmas… Buy fake mistletoe: many types of real mistletoe are poisonous and can slow down the heart rate and cause hallucinations!
On the 4th day of Christmas… Check temperatures of fridges and freezers. According to Dr. Wafa Ayesh, Director of Clinical Nutrition at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) the fridge should be below 5°C. Recommended freezer temperature is -18°C.
On the 5th day of Christmas… Make sure all the decorations on the bottom of the tree are too big to be eaten by curious little mouths – choking is one of the top Christmas hazards.
On the 6th day of Christmas… Invest in plastic storage boxes and markers to store leftovers and mark the date you made them on the lid. Cool leftovers quickly then refrigerate and use within two days. Leftover turkey can be used to make a turkey sandwiches, turkey stir-fry or broth for a soup while leftover Christmas pudding could be turned into a Christmas pudding trifle or pudding mini-muffins.
On the 7th day of Christmas… Place ashtrays around your home if people are likely to be smoking. Even better, ask guests only to smoke outside – but not on balconies!
On the 8th day of Christmas… Get cleaning! According to Dr. Ayesh of the DHA, the kitchen contains the most germs in the entire house, with the kitchen sink alone containing 100,000 times more germs than the average bathroom. Get out the disinfectant and get scrubbing.
On the 9th day of Christmas Buy some pot holders and oven gloves, you don’t to deal with burns when you’re trying to prepare the big meal.
On the 10th day of Christmas If you’re planning a festive barbecue Dr. Ayesh has some safety tips. Make sure you have separate tongs for cooked and raw food, fully thaw frozen food before you put it on the grill, and wash your hands frequently.
On the 11th day of Christmas A popped cork can travel at up to 80km per hour. If you’re popping any bubbles to celebrate Christmas Eve, be sure to point the cork away from peoples’ faces.
On the 12th day of Christmas… Relax and enjoy knowing everyone will have a fun and hazard free day!