“Love is like fire, whether it will warm our heart or burn your house down, you never know.”
Happy Valentines Day - Here's some tips on how to survive
You may be aware, that Valentines Day is without a doubt, one of the most dangerous holidays of the year.
Some common risks involved with Valentines Day include – chocolate allergies, emotional trauma, fire hazards from unattended candles, not to mention lacerations, pricks and burns from an array of potential safety hazards.
5 Safety survival tips for Valentines Day
1. Purchase good quality gifts
The only thing more dangerous than not purchasing a Valentines Day gift for your loved one is purchasing something that is an inferior brand or product. This would be like purchasing second grade PPE for your employees – it’s just not on!
2. Remember the Repercussions and Risks of Romance
Never leave candles unattended – in the heat of passion naked flames may cause other things to heat up and ruin your romantic interlude. Make sure you have a working smoke alarm installed
- Place candles on a stable surface, away from flammable objects (such as curtains, magazines, furniture).
- Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause the flame to flare.
- Always pur scented candles and teal lights in heat resistant holders. Did you know the metal bases maya reach temperatures over 3 times the boiling point of water.
Also, if cooking a romantic meal, take care around the stove – ensuring to not leave saucepan handles overhanging the benchtop, turn the heat down if you leave the room and beware of loose fitting clothing.
Often, its the easy, mundane tasks that have the biggest risk factor and repercussions, simply because as we do not pay attention to what we are doing and keep our mind on the job.
3. Be aware of allergies
For severe allergy sufferers, Valentines Day can cause alarm bells to ring. It can be potentially life threatening. Innocuous little treats can turn nasty and lead to serious anaphylaxis reactions. Ensure you are aware of your potential loved ones allergies on this day to impress, as cupids arrow may not hit the spot if you aren’t aware of these potential risks..
Meals Out – Always ensure you enquire as to what is in the foods you order if you have an allergic reaction to anything. This applies to takeaway meals also.
Condoms – can pose a risk to those who are allergic to latex and also with milk allergies.
Chocolates including nut and milk risks
Flowers – some people can be allergic to pollen found in trees, grasses and weeds, as well as flowers. Pollen can trigger an asthma attacked as well as an allergic reaction.
Last year the Anaphylaxis Association ran a campaign and you can read more here.
Allergies, like accidents can sneak up on you unawares, especially if you aren’t staying focused on the task at hand and paying attention to what you are doing.
4. Be careful of rose stems
The traditional flower of love, and like love can catch you unawares with their spiky thorns. Leaving you with lacerations, pricks and bleeding. Keep your mind on the job and be aware of what is going on around you when you are carrying long stem roses.
5. Bring Protection
Should all seem to be going according to plan and as designed, you just never know when disaster may strike. So ensure you have protection for any situation. As unfortunate as it may seem, there is always the chance that the most well laid plans can end in injury.
Even with job assessments, take 5 and all the precautions under the sun have been taken, you just never can tell when something will go wrong – so be prepared.
So, all in all, Valentines Day may be a disastrously dangerous day if you are not safety conscious with either the Fire Brigade, Ambulance or mother in law turning up unannounced.
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!