UK homes could face huge fines for Queen’s Jubilee decorations

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UK homes could face a fine of up to £5,000 if they are not decorated properly for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Celebrations are less than a month away now, with communities already busy planning parties to celebrate this historic anniversary. Homes, gardens, streets and other buildings will be covered in Union Jacks and themed decorations to help celebrate the big event.

However, patriotic Britons are reminded to decorate the exterior of your property safely so that visitors do not face accidental damage. Otherwise, you might end up paying for it.

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Barrett Homes has issued the warning to landlords who are responsible if anyone is harmed by the unsafe condition of their property. Duty of care means you must ensure your property is “reasonably safe”, including driveway steps, and if you are aware of a potential problem in your home, you must highlight it so that visitors be aware of this, according to Birmingham Live.

It is important to ensure that your driveway/stairs or any other entry point to your home is free of objects that could cause tripping or walking. If someone has an accident because of the way you have decorated your property, you could be fined up to £5,000.



The Queen’s Jubilee is less than a month away and it’s important to decorate your home safely

If you’re planning fireworks to help the evening’s entertainment run smoothly, there’s a caveat surrounding that idea as well. Buying or selling illegal fireworks can get you fined up to £5,000 or even a six month jail sentence, upfront fines of £90 are also in effect.

The law in the UK is governed by the Occupiers Liability (Legal Visitors) Act 1957 and the Occupiers Liability (Non-Visitors) Act 1984. You do not have an obligation to prevent all accidents, but you do have a duty to provide reasonable care for the safety of visitors to your property. Making sure everything is safe covers your home insurance and any unwanted liability.

7 tips to help you avoid fines this Jubilee

1. Streamers, balloons and banners are all fire hazards. Be sure to avoid slips, trips, and falls as the kids run around by making sure these decorations are up high. Also, make sure these decorations don’t get in the way of candles and don’t tie them so close to lights and open flames.

2. Lights and candles should be used to a minimum and should be kept away from curtains, blinds and other decorations. Where possible, LED lights should be used in place of candles to avoid fire interruptions.

3. Once the sun has gone down and you’ve decided to turn on the LED lights, be sure to check the wires for frayed or bare wires. Also, make sure you don’t overload your extension cords.

4. Keep drinks away from wires. A spilled drink can quickly become a fire hazard. Keep all wires in sight and supervise children running around.

5. Safely dispose of all decorations. Buntings can injure animals and pets if caught in decorations.

6. Keep animals safe. A door open all day could mean a four-legged friend could escape. Make sure they are comfortable indoors and, if outdoors, on a leash. Food falling on the floor could also be a hazard and a trip to the vet that no one needs.

7. Respect your neighbors. The hours between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. are good for noise, however, any further disturbance after these hours may cause fallout and may be against the law.

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