The colder months in the UK bring a plethora of the most anticipated holidays and events – Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Christmas and New Years Eve.
Many of these events in the calendar see us decorating our homes and gardens, but it is important that you decorate the exterior of your property in a safe manner so that all visitors, whether they are rascals or singers, singing, do not suffer any accidental damage during your stay. goods.
The law in the United Kingdom is governed by the Occupier’s Liability Act 1957 (legal visitors) and the Occupier’s Liability Act 1984 (persons other than visitors).
You don’t have a duty to prevent all accidents, but you are responsible for providing reasonable care for the safety of visitors to your property – including tips or attendants.
Making sure everything is safe covers your home insurance and any unwanted liability.
However, you can be held liable if accidents are caused by the unsafe condition of your property or the decorations you install – you can face fines of up to Â£ 5,000 or even in the worst case, a penalty of up to Â£ 5,000. imprisonment.
Something as simple as a Jack-O ‘lantern can become an unwanted hazard and fine you if someone trips or falls.
Barratt Homes has put together a useful guide to help you decorate your home in the safest way possible.
One thing to remember when creating a spooky porch for Halloween is that excited kids (and adults) who will be making candy or a spell should be able to pass safely to get to your front door. .
As the owner or occupant of a property, you owe a duty of care to visitors, and you can be held liable if accidents are caused by the unsafe condition of your property or the decorations you install.
This duty of care means that you must ensure that your property is “reasonably safe”, including any driveways or steps.
If you are aware of a specific hazard, you must take action to highlight the hazard to those who approach your property.
To make sure no one gets hurt on their treat night, set up decorations that will keep your home well-lit and always check that your lights and their wires won’t create a hazard to visitors.
It is also important to make sure that your driveway / stairs or any other entry point to your home are free of objects that could trip or step people on.
Exterior decoration tips:
- Lanterns, candles, and lights can obviously all be fire hazards. Make sure you place them out of the direct path to your door and directly around your entrance. Keep in mind that many children will be wearing masks during Halloween and therefore may have impaired vision.
- Indoor lights and candles should be kept away from curtains, decorations and other flammable objects. If you can, use LED lights instead of candles.
- If you use a lot of electric lights for your outdoor Halloween display, be sure to check the lights and cords for frayed or bare wires. Don’t overload your extension cords and make sure there are no wires that could become a tripping hazard for the little monsters that come your way.
- Keep your pets in a safe place. The last thing you want is for your cat to escape through the door or for your excited dog to run over a child. Make sure to keep your pets safe in your home or garden on Halloween night.
The law in the United Kingdom is governed by the Occupier’s Liability Act 1957 (legal visitors) and the Occupier’s Liability Act 1984 (persons other than visitors). You do not have a duty to prevent all accidents, but you are responsible for providing reasonable care for the safety of visitors to your property. Making sure everything is safe covers your home insurance and any unwanted liability.
Fires of joy
While there are no laws against having a bonfire in your own backyard, there are regulations in place regarding the nuisance they can cause.
Tips to stay safe
- They should not bother your neighbors.
- Control the smoke to make sure it does not drift on the roads and become a hazard to motorists.
- Do not burn polluting household waste, such as aerosols, tires or paint, as many can produce toxic fumes.
- Let your neighbors know so they can close windows or remove laundry from clotheslines.
- Do not use gasoline or paraffin to start the fire.
- Build the bonfire away from sheds, fences and trees.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of an emergency.
- Do not leave the bonfire unattended.
- Do not throw any fireworks into the fire.
- A responsible adult should watch the bonfire until it goes out.
- After the fire is out, spray the embers with water and make sure it is completely extinguished before leaving it.
As with Halloween, it is important that decorations such as lights and signs outside homes and gardens are safe for the increased number of visitors (including delivery drivers) that we tend to have. during the holiday season.
Homeowners should also be mindful of wildlife and pets when setting up outdoor decorations.
Avoid disturbing bird nests when putting up decorations in trees or buses, for example.
While it is usually the nests of wild birds that are protected by law in the UK, disturbing a bird’s nest should generally be avoided, as should the laying of decorations that cats or dogs might chew on or off. ‘to choke.
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