Brits challenged to spot 12 dangers in the cosy Christmas scene

This festive picture looks very inviting at first glance.

But don’t be fooled by the cosy Christmas scene as 12 potential household dangers are lurking in it.

From overloaded electric sockets to precarious-looking ladders, the unwitting occupants could be in for a far from merry Xmas. But can you spot them all?

The puzzle was created after research, commissioned by BSI, the British standards body behind the trusted BSI Kitemark, found more than a third of adults admitted being aware of faulty items that could cause danger in their homes.

And 46% believe there are more risks in the home during the Christmas period than usual.

This is due to more electrical items being plugged in (45%), kitchen appliances being used more often (27%) and having lots of toys and boxes piled up around the house (21%).

Others noted that an increase in clutter (32%) and people (30%) could make the environment more hazardous.

Graham McKay, global head of electrical and gas products at BSI, said: "The image and research prove just how many potential dangers – big and small – are in our homes every day.

"Many people are aware of such dangers but are too time strapped or lack knowledge of how to get them sorted.

"The research shows that nearly half (44 per cent) of the respondents look for the BSI Kitemark, a mark of quality and trust to assess the safety of a product, allowing consumers to be reassured in knowing that it meets the best safety standards, reminding them that the BSI Kitemark has their back this Christmas.

"This could help reduce the amount of possible dangers and mishaps and importantly, increase trust, especially during the busy Christmas period."

The research of 2,000 adults also found that 45% are worried about the safety of family members who will be alone in their homes at Christmas.

Staggeringly, an eighth of those polled have been injured in the past due to poor quality or faulty household items.

Christmas-related mishaps have included trees falling over (22%) festive lights blowing the fuse (18%) and food burning as a result of being left unattended (13%).

General risks people have been worried about in their home range from leaky appliances or taps (19%) to faulty fire or carbon monoxide alarms (18%).

But more than a fifth admitted they delay fixing such issues because they don't have time, while 15% simply want to avoid the hassle.

Of those polled, via OnePoll, more than a third assess the quality and safety of a product by the customer reviews, while 27% like to check what country it has been manufactured in.

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