Today, I receive a circular with this warning:
As we celebrate the festive season, it is important
to be aware of the possible hazards…
Yes, the evergreen conifer looks benevolent, but
we should still keep in mind these safety tips:
1. Use Christmas lightings with the approved
Safety Mark. (This applies also to the use of plugs
and extension cords.)
2. Always check for blown bulbs, cracked sockets
and worn cables. (Poorly maintained lighting fixtures
pose a high risk of fire and electric shocks.)
3. The Christmas tree and decorative light fixtures
shall not be placed in such a manner that it obstructs
emergency paths to escape job-related tedium.
4. Check and ensure wirings do not cause tripping,
though you are allowed to trip the light fantastic, once,
after the annual report is signed.
5. Always be sure to turn off the tree lights before leaving –
unless you decide to never return to the office, for good,
and to bow out with a final act of defiance.
6. Always keep water sources away from the Christmas
tree (no matter how much you are tempted
to offer alms to the poor).
7. Always place a fire extinguisher near the tree, in case
it combusts spontaneously with the shame of an advent
candle that has forgotten its preparations.
Yong Shu Hoong (born 1966) Singapore
Source: Yong Shu Hoong's Shu-ism