Take precautions to avoid accidents that could ruin your holidays
With the December holidays just around the corner, nobody wants to think about accidents and injuries. However, emergency rooms are busy during the holidays! From hanging up holiday lights to frying a turkey in a fryer, there are lots of safety issues that you may not be aware of. This holiday season, take these safety tips into consideration.
Crackling fireplaces and welcoming hearths are a part of the December holidays, but remember that fire safety tips are especially important this time of year.
- Extinguish your matches using water to be sure they are completely out.
- Make sure your candles are not near anything that is flammable.
- Do not leave candles unattended or go to sleep with them still lit.
- Avoid home turkey fryers, as they are associated with many fires and burns.
- Get your chimney cleaned and inspected every year.
- Keep candles, matches, and fire tools away from children.
- Your fireplace is just for firewood and kindling. Do not burn other things like wrapping paper in your fireplace.
- Check your holiday lights and extension cords for fraying areas or exposed wires and get rid of them if there is any damage.
- If you have a live Christmas tree, make sure you water it frequently. Letting it get too dry can make the needles more flammable.
If you like to hang twinkling lights from your rooftop, be sure to use extra caution when you’re up on the ladder. Use these common-sense rules when using a ladder.
- Don’t do it alone. Make sure you have someone else with you in case of an accident.
- Wear practical shoes that are not slippery.
- Make sure the ladder itself is solid and in good operating condition.
- Do not stand on the top rung of any ladder.
- Keep the base of the ladder on firm and level ground, and be sure the top of the ladder is resting securely.
- Don’t cut corners by standing on a chair or table—use a step ladder when you can’t reach.
- Never attempt to move the ladder while you are standing on it.
- Keep your weight centered so that the ladder does not tip. This means you shouldn’t try to reach too far in either direction.
Gifts and Decorations
If you have young children at home, you should pay extra attention to gifts and decorations. Here are some cautions you might not have considered:
- Some ornaments have sharp metal hooks—keep these away from children.
- Some poinsettias can be poisonous if eaten. Keep them out of reach of young children and pets.
- Artificial snow is in a pressurized container. Be sure to read the directions carefully so that no one inhales the fumes.
- Children’s toys can have small parts that aren’t safe for children under the age of 3 because they can be choking hazards. Double-check the gifts you give and receive to make sure they are age-appropriate.
- Every year, some toys are recalled for safety reasons. Be sure to check the recall lists to see what has been recalled.
On the road
Every year, traffic accidents around the holiday season are a cause for concern. With so many drivers on the road commuting to see friends and family, the chance of an accident occurring is increased. Here are some holiday driving tips:
- Never drink and drive. Always have a designated driver. Take a taxi or an Uber home if necessary.
- Make sure everyone in the car is wearing a seatbelt at all times.
- Avoid distracted driving. Turn off your cell phone or give it to someone else to hold for you.
- Keep your car inspected and in good condition, especially if you live in an area that gets snow and ice over the winter.
By slowing down, taking your time, and using a little extra care, it should be easy to follow this safety advice. We hope these tips help you to have a healthy, happy, and safe holiday season!