With Christmas almost upon us, it's worth taking stock of elf and safety messages as the festive season is also known as the accident season.
Here are 12 tips that will help you put safety at the top of your Christmas list:
Secure your ho-ho-home: Don’t be an easy target – thieves will go elsewhere if they have to work hard to steal your stuff. Make sure you lock your windows and doors. Don’t invite thieves into your home.
Don't let thieves steal your Christmas: Make sure valuables can’t be seen from outside your home. Don’t leave Christmas presents in view from outside. Move expensive TVs, audio equipment or computers away from windows or use blinds to keep them hidden from view.
Light up for Christmas: Leave a light on when you go out, or use an electronic timer. But make sure you turn off tree lights and other decorations.
Santa's little helpers: Make sure you don’t equip a thief with the tools to break into your home. Lock up garden tools, ladders or anything else that might help a thief commit crime.
'Tis the season of purse snatchers: Make sure you keep your handbag close at all times. Keep your purse or wallet secure and out of sight as much as possible. Watch the video here http://bit.ly/2hflbhP
Shop till you drop but keep your shopping bags with you – don’t leave them unattended. Watch the video here http://bit.ly/2gIztIC
Sleigh safety: Put your shopping in the boot – don’t leave bags in sight on the seat. Lock your doors while driving. Watch the video here http://bit.ly/2h4L9V7
Raise a glass or three: Christmas is a time for over-indulging. On your night out make sure you stick together with friends and look after each other – don’t become isolated
Only Santa has a magical vehicle: don’t drink and drive - get a taxi or organise a designated driver
On a plate: Only get into a licensed taxi – make sure it has a licence plate before you get into a car
Merry and bright– don’t leave your drink unattended. Don’t accept a drink from a stranger.
Have a Happy Christmas – stay safe and secure