Christmas at Work – Safety Guide

Let’s face it – most of us spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week at work. So it’s natural we want ‘Christmas at work’ even if we don’t want Christmas day at work! Here are some guidelines for having a safe Christmas at work.

Christmas Trees

  • Chose artificial Christmas trees for your Christmas at work, live trees will dry over time and can constitute a serious fire hazard.
  • Choose one that it is made from fire resistant materials. Look for a statement specifying this protection on the packaging.
  • Don’t block exits, traffic routes, fire safety equipment or electrical panels with your tree (or anything else)

Christmas Candle

Holiday Lighting

  • Candles and open flames – just don’t, use battery operated candles instead.
  • Carefully inspect new and previously used light strings. Discard any damaged ones.
  • Use only approved light strings per your local safety standards. Try LEDs – they produce little heat, are more efficient, and last longer. Then read and follow manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Do not overload extension cords! A maximum of 3 light strings can be connected to a single extension cord.
  • Inspect extension cords before use for signs of damage; ensure they are not run under carpets or in areas where they may experience wear. Tape down any that may be a trip hazard. Dispose of frayed or damaged cords.

 Decorations for your Christmas at Work

  •  Whenever possible, choose decorations that are non-flammable or fire resistant.
  • Do not hang decorations on or near fire detection devices (sprinkler heads, smoke & heat detectors or fire alarm pull stations).
  • Do not use decorations to block or disguise exit doors (i.e. wrapping a door to look like a present) – especially your emergency exits!

Any other suggestions? Just add them to the comment box below….


About Tony Howarth

Tony is a First Aid & CPR Instructor Trainer with Sea 2 Sky Safety Training Services and the company founder. Tony started with the British Red Cross in 1994. Has acted as first aid attendant for hundreds of events & treated many hundreds of people as a result. He is experienced in training a wide range of courses. He previously worked as an ambulance attendant with the British Red Cross. He is now in BC as a first aid instructor, and an instructor trainer (one who trains others to become instructors) Finally, Tony works at Squamish General Hospital as the pharmacist manager when not busy training safety
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One Response to Christmas at Work – Safety Guide

  1. Janice Babineau, East Coast blogger, @JaniceBabineau says:

    Great safety tips! Happy holidays!

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