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Preparing for Christmas

Tips to help ensure your church is prepared for all the extra visitors this festive period.

Festivities calendar

Stay on top of your plans by compiling a calendar of events. This will help with the planning of your festive services and activities.  

Safety and escape procedure

Ensure your plans are up to date. Make sure stewards are aware of the plan, including escape routes.  

Fire risk assessment

With extra lights and candles it’s important to revisit your fire risk assessment procedures. Our guidance notes offers helpful advice on managing fire safety. 

Christmas lights

Regularly and thoroughly physically inspect lights for any defects. Ensure power leads and cables do not pose a trip hazard.

Christmas trees

If your church has a tree, ensure it’s secure so it won’t fall over and injure someone. Don’t forget to check it doesn’t impede the exit routes from the building.  

Health and safety risk assessments

With all the extra visitors at Christmas, it is wise to update your church buildings risk assessments. Keep a record of what you have found and any steps taken to reduce any potential risks.
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