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Santa to address nation on safety this Christmas

Santa to address nation on safety this Christmas

ACC is pleased to announce that world renowned toymaker, sleigh pilot and philanthropist, Mr S Claus, will personally address the nation this Christmas, to help Kiwis make their homes safer for his impending visit on Christmas Eve.

“Imagine if Santa slipped on a wet floor or loose rug at your house, went down in a big red heap, and wasn’t able to complete his deliveries on Christmas Eve.

“As a father of two young daughters, that’s something I’d hate to have to explain if it happened at my place,” says ACC’s Head of Insurance Products and Injury Prevention, David Simpson.

“To help avoid any such disaster, Santa has kindly recorded a video, offering tips on simple things you can do to make your house safer and prevent falls.

“The good news is, by making your home safer for Santa this Christmas, you’ll be making it safer for your own family and visitors as well.”

Mr Simpson says ACC is hosting the video on its website, and he encourages kids and adults alike to check it out.

“Santa took time out from his busy schedule to fly to New Zealand to film the video, and we really appreciate that. As you can imagine, this is a hectic time of year for him.”

Santa would like to reassure Kiwi kids that production didn’t stop at his workshop during his fleeting trip to New Zealand this week.

“The elves have things ticking along very nicely, apparently, and of course, Santa’s sleigh is very fast, so he didn’t spend too long out of the workshop.”

Mr Simpson says in the video, Santa offers Kiwis simple tips such as:
• make sure there’s good lighting, especially outdoors and on stairs
• fasten loose rugs to the floor
• wipe up spills as soon as they happen
• run power cords along the wall, not across the floor
• clear away toys and clutter from walkways.

“When hanging decorations this Christmas, also remember to use a stable, securely fastened stepladder. Don’t use a chair and don’t over-reach when you’re up the ladder – move the ladder instead.

“Each year, ACC receives around 670,000 claims for injuries that happen in or around the home, with around 290,000 of these injuries happening because of falls. So hopefully Santa’s advice can help Kiwis have a merry Christmas and a safer and happier New Year too.”

Click here to see Santa giving his injury prevention tips in person

Click here to download a Christmas home safety checklist

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