With the festive season fast approaching, your blogger has been reminiscing on past Christmases, as we all do – missing family and friends that are no longer with us – the poignant memories and, of course the funny ones…. Willow, our black and white cat, roaring down the hallway, gathering speed before launching herself up the Christmas tree, right up to the top, in the dining room.
We all just stood there – it was as if time itself had come to a standstill; nobody could move – watching the 12-foot tall tree go into graceful freefall with alarmed cat clinging on where the fairy should have been. Then came the crash, with glass baubles smashing all over the place; like mercury, the slithers seemed to scatter to every corner of the room …. Unfortunately, there were no plastic baubles in those days.
Willow was fine, incidentally; shaken up, she shot out of the cat flap at breakneck speed and with eyes the size of saucers … she magically returned when the turkey was being carved, no injury incurred. But the festive season doesn’t have such a fortunate outcome for everyone: according to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, (RoSPA), around 80,000 people in the UK suffer accidents and injuries in their homes during the Christmas holidays every year. 79 percent of the claims made to insurance companies are for #property damage, 6 percent are for theft and 1 percent is for liability due to accidents. Overall, average claim costs are 16% higher than at other times of the year.
It might sound as though RoSPA believes in Nanny Christmas rather than Father Christmas when you hear the society’s tips for an accident-free and safe Christmas, but then Plastic Surgeon deals with damage resulting from logic defying stupidity on an almost weekly basis: such as the student who incinerated their shower pod by placing a lighted candle in the soap holder.
RoSPA’s advice then is to follow these 12 safety tips to help prevent your festivities being cut short by a trip to casualty:
RoSPA also reported that 36 percent of all the claims around Christmas are for accidental damage with 21 percent of those being for damage to floors and carpets. Thankfully most of the UK’s big insurers now have national agreements with Plastic Surgeon and our Finishers are adept at removing stains as well as repairing chips and gouges in stone or timber floors as well as laminates and other manufactured substrates.
Amazingly, though, 9% of the insurance claims are for damage to glasses (not wine glasses!) and contact lenses.
Coming back to animals, though, here are my warnings for a safe Christmas for them: Christmas trees are mildly toxic, while mistletoe and holly are highly poisonous, as are Poinsettia plants, Lilies and Daffodils. Chocolate is not good, so no edible tree decorations or Christmas cake that contains raisins.
Follow these few tips; while we at Plastic Surgeon wish you all an enjoyable, safe, and merry Christmas!