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The Christmas Essentials


If you don't know where to start this Christmas - this is it. 

Health | Waste and Recycling | Christmas Tree | Fire Safety


Stay well over the festive season

Every year the NHS sees demand for its services peak between Christmas and New Year.

The message is to keep A&E for exactly that - emergencies. 

People suffering from viral coughs, flu and minor ailments should recover at home, leaving A&E doctors and nurses free to help those with life threatening illness.

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Having winter remedies such as over the counter painkillers and simple cough syrups in stock is always a good idea. Using a pharmacist as a first point of contact when you’re unwell is often the best thing to do.

  • Get a flu vaccination
  • Heat your home to at least 18 degrees C (65f), if you can
  • Seek immediate advice and help from a pharmacist as soon as you feel unwell, before it gets too serious
  • Keep an eye on elderly or frail friends, neighbours and relatives
  • Pick up repeat prescriptions so you have enough while pharmacies/surgeries are closed
  • Make sure you have enough food and medicine in the cupboards; winter remedies, over the counter painkillers and cough syrups 

You can also call 111 for non emergencies. 


Waste and recycling

Rubbish and recycling collections can change over the festive period. 

With used wrapping paper and extra food your bins are likely to fill up quickly this season.

Make sure you check exactly what can be put in which bins and check alterations to collection dates on your council website.

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If you live in Surrey you can find links to your district or borough council here.

If you live in Hampshire you can find your council's information here.


Expert advice on caring for your Christmas Tree

Hans from Santa Fir Christmas Tree Farm has shared his top tips on looking after your real Christmas Tree this festive season!

First of all though - you need to pick the perfect tree.

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Then it is just getting it home and keeping it in tip top tree shape.

Hans has the advice you need:

 


Fire Safety Advice at Christmas

With the twinkling lights on the Christmas tree, a roaring log fire, and festive candles...

...not to mention the feast cooking in the kitchen - there is a big fire risk at this time of year.

But there are some simple things we can all do to keep our home safe from fire during the festive season.

To start with you can click here to download a Fire Safety at Christmas leaflet.

You can also test your reactions and take the Fire Kills challenge on this page.

Finally, ditch the chocolate advent calendar and follow the 12 days of Christmas advice to keep you home safe (below).

Follow the 12 days of Christmas advice to keep your home safe this season:

On the 1st Day of Christmas

Check your Christmas Tree lights conform to the British Standard. Always use a residual current device on outdoor electrical equipment

On the 7th Day of Christmas

Most fires start in the kitchen - never leave a cooker unattended

On the 2nd Day of Christmas

Never place candles near your Christmas tree or furnishings

On the 8th Day of Christmas

If you are planning to celebrate with fireworks, store them in a metal box, read the instructions, never go back to a lot firework and keep a bucket of water nearby.

On the 3rd Day of Christmas

Make sure your family and visitors staying for the festive period know what to do in an emergency. Make a fire escape plan

On the 9th Day of Christmas

Make sure cigarettes are completely extinguished before going to bed

On the 4th Day of Christmas

Decorations can burn easily - don't attach them to lights or heaters

On the 10th Day of Christmas

Check the battery in your smoke alarm every week and use Christmas as a reminder to clean it and remove dust

On the 5th Day of Christmas

Never overload electrical sockets. Take special care with Christmas lights. Always switch Christmas lights off and unplug them before you go to bed.

On the 11th Day of Christmas

Keep candles, lighters and matches out of the reach of children. Never leave buring candles unattended

On the 6th Day of Christmas

Celebrate Christmas and New Year safely. The risk of accidents, especially in the kitchen is greater after alcohol is consumed.

On the 12th Day of Christmas

Take the time to check elderly relatives and neighbours this Christmas - make sure they are fire safe