#BestWarwickshireChristmas: Stay safe this Christmas

  1. Safe online: If you are buying a new mobile device for a child this Christmas ensure that you set up parental controls. These software tools can be installed on phones, tablets, games consoles or laptops to block upsetting or harmful content. You can also plan what time of day your child can go online and for how long for. If you need help to do this visit: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/parental-controls/As we approach the festive season many shoppers head online for bargains but beware of cyber scams and only use trusted websites. For more advice on how to stay safe online visit: https://www.cybersafewarwickshire.com/
  2. Party safe: Throughout the holidays make sure you drink safely, and you know your limits. Drink Aware is sharing useful tips on what to do if someone has drunk too much and advice on avoiding drink spiking; https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/advice/staying-safe-while-drinking/ If you are out and about partying make sure you plan your night and book a reputable taxi service to get you home safely. Never party alone and nominate a designated driver as it goes without saying you should never drink and drive. Ensure you have your mobile phone fully charged and have stored the contact number of someone you can rely on in case of an emergency. For more party safe information visit:  https://www.police.uk/news/party-safe/
  3. Toy Safety: When buying toys check that they are age-appropriate and comply with UK safety trading standards and beware of small items that could present a choking hazard for young children. All toys which meet the Toy Safety Regulations 1995 will carry the CE symbol. For more information visit: https://www.cemarkingassociation.co.uk/toys/
  4. Food safety: If you are planning a traditional roast turkey for Christmas dinner bear in mind that this is probably the biggest thing you will cook in your oven during the year. There is lots to consider when buying, storing, defrosting and cooking your bird so to make sure you get it right visit: https://www.food.gov.uk/safety-hygiene/christmas
  5. Pet safety: Christmas is great for humans, there are presents, festive treats and we get to spend time with family and friends, but it can be a hazardous time for your pets. Many of the festive foods we have can be poisonous to animals along with edible decorations and some Christmas flowers and plants. It can be stressful for your pets too especially when routines change and lots of new people visit the house. For tips and advice on how to help your pet cope this Christmas visit:https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/seasonal/christmas/petsafe