It might be the most magical time of the year, but Christmas and winter, in general, has some hazards to be aware of too. When the streets are busy, the weather is bad and people are both celebrating and spending a lot of money the season can come with certain risks. Keep yourself safe this Christmas, here are a few things to bear in mind.
Take Caution On Snow and Ice
A white Christmas might look beautiful but where snow and ice are involved you should always take precautions. Whether you’re on the roads in a vehicle or walking as a pedestrian, there are lots of risks. On the roads you should drive carefully, being sure to leave a good separation distance between you and the car in front as your braking distance will be significantly increased in wet or icy conditions. Make sure you are checking the condition of your tyres, they should at least have the legal tread depth of 1.6mm, but you could go a step further and invest in winter tyres designed for snow and ice. It’s an added expense, but you can’t put a price on your safety. As a pedestrian, you should wear shoes with a good grip to prevent sliding and accidents caused by slippy paths.
Don’t Drink To Excess
Most people enjoy a tipple at Christmas, but it’s important to know your limits and to drink sensibly. Being highly intoxicated on alcohol increases your chances of serious injury and could even lead to you making poor decisions that land you in trouble with the police. It could be anything from disturbing the peace to assault to drink driving. If you do find yourself in this unfortunate position then save yourself the heartache; a group like Scheiner Law can help alleviate your DWI. Although of course taking steps to make sure you don’t do anything foolish in the first place is always best. Take it easy on your drinks, maybe limiting yourself to a certain number. Sipping a glass of water between each alcoholic drink can help to keep you from getting too drunk.
Be Wary of Social Media
The great thing about social media is keeping friends and family in the loop about what you’re up to, sharing your day and generally keeping in touch. But be wary of advertising your whereabouts if your home is going to be unattended. Even if your account is private, you don’t know who has access to any of your friends Facebook details. Some insurers will refuse to pay out if you’re broken into, and it’s been shown that you posted information online, as it means you didn’t take reasonable care to protect your belongings. You can still take photos and share things, but avoid ‘checking in’ places showing your exact location at certain times. And wait until you’re back home before sharing and talking about where you’ve been.
Are there any added precautions you take to stay safe at this time of year?