December 18, 2011 19:00 ET

Don't Let Festive Decorations Dampen Christmas Spirits Says Swinton Commercial

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2011) - It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas and retail owners are spreading festive cheer throughout their shops however, Swinton Commercial is warning owners to take extra precaution when hanging trees and decorations as they can be hazards for customers.

Swinton Commercial, the UK's leading commercial insurance broker, is urging shop owners to take extra care when placing decorations around the premises. Loose wires and low hanging décor could be potentially dangerous for wandering shoppers and lead to a 'bar-humbug' public liability insurance claim.

To keep Christmas merry this year, Swinton Commercial is offering the following advice:

  • To avoid trips and falls, ensure all wires are fitted securely to the floor and are visible
  • For customers with wheelchairs and prams, keep aisles free from clutter
  • Don't hang ceiling decorations too low, tall customers could bump their heads
  • Ensure bubbles are kept away from doors as there is a risk they get knocked and smash
  • To avoid fire hazards, do not keep tinsel and other flammable objects close to shop floor heaters
  • Do not place electrical items near wet surfaces
  • Put trees in a safe place away from all exits

Jolene Shaw, Technical Referral Advisor at Swinton Commercial, said, "Christmas is an extremely busy period for shop owners and it's essential that festive decorations are hung up safely and out of the way. Wandering shoppers could be at risk if wires are not secure and visible. Any incidents that may occur could result in claiming on business insurance so don't let decorations dampen the festive season."

For more information, contact Mairead Rodden, Anna Goulding or Lucy Gordon at SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770 or email firstname.surname@skvcommunicatons.co.uk.

About Swinton Commercial:

As the UK's fastest-growing commercial insurance broker, Swinton Commercial has the expertise and industry knowledge to provide you with highly competitive business insurance that's tailored to your needs.

With 34 branches across the UK, including 19 regional centres, Swinton Commercial has quickly established itself as the UK's local broker, offering a dedicated team of advisors with specialist industry knowledge in all sectors.

Your local Commercial Account Executive has an in-depth understanding of the insurance market in your area and will arrange a face-to-face appointment with you, taking the time to thoroughly understand your business and its specific requirements.

We cater for most types of business - from small start-ups to well-established organisations, comparing quotes from leading UK insurers to find you the right level of insurance, at the right price.

What's more, our award-winning offering has over 75,000 business customers - and we're growing fast.

Visit http://www.swintoncommercial.co.uk for more information or call 0800 995 1800.

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