Keep you and your loved ones safe this Valentine’s Day
Burglary:A historical study by Aviva found that there was a 9% increase in home burglary reports on valentines day, with a 12% increase in car burglaries. To keep yourself and your property safe, refrain from posting your plans and photos on social media until you are home, lock your doors and windows and consider leaving a light on.
Fire safety: Arguably the most cliché item happens to be one of the most dangerous, a common source of all fires is candles. To avoid the risk of house fires, keep candles away from anything that could be set alight, such as curtains or wooden surfaces. And ensure they are put out before leaving the house or going to bed.
Alcohol: The dangers of excessive consumption of alcohol are well documented, however, it bears repeating as many increase their consumption on Valentine’s Day. Whether it be through a fall, exaggerated arguments or leaving yourself vulnerable on a journey home there are a myriad of risks. And don’t drive if you plan on having a drink.
Food risks: No matter if you’re dining in or eating out, there are risks with food including food poisoning, choking and allergies. If you’re preparing food at home, ensure you do the following:
Wash your hand properly.
Use separate chopping boards for raw and ready to eat meat.
Cook food thoroughly.
Stick to use by dates.
Pet safety: You are not the only ones at risk on valentines day, from poisonous flowers to chocolates, there are many risks to your pets on valentines day, read more here.