Don’t let an accident ruin your winter holidays
The winter holidays are just around the corner. Everyone wants the holidays to be fun and joyous. The last thing we want to do is end up in the emergency room or hospital. But the holidays are a time when accidents do occur. Whether you are hanging up lights on your rooftop or driving in the snow, it’s important to use caution. This holiday season, be sure to use these holiday safety tips:
Many people hang holiday lights along their rooflines or decorate very tall trees. These activities require getting up on a ladder, which can be dangerous if not done correctly.
- Make sure someone is with you in case of emergency.
- Wear slip-resistant shoes.
- Be sure your ladder is sturdy and in good condition.
- Never stand on the top rung.
- Make sure the base is on firm, level ground. Make sure the supporting points at the top and bottom of the ladder are sturdy and not slippery.
- Always use a good sturdy step ladder when hanging decorations; don’t improvise by standing on chairs or other furniture.
- Don't place the ladder in front of any door that can be opened.
- Never try to move the ladder while you are on it.
- Don’t reach too far when you are standing on the ladder—keep your weight centered so that the ladder doesn’t tip.
- Be mindful of your string of lights so that you don’t get caught in them when climbing up or down the ladder.
Candles and fireplace are two traditions that add a lot of beauty to the holiday, but are also potential fire hazards.
- Keep candles away from anything that is flammable (like hair, clothing, or a holiday tree).
- Never leave candles unattended.
- Never go to sleep with a lit candle in your home.
- Always be that sure matches are extinguished with water before putting them in a trash can.
- Keep candles and matches away from children and pets.
- Avoid home turkey fryers.
- Get your chimney cleaned and inspected once a year to make sure it is safe for fires.
- Don’t burn anything but firewood and kindling in your fireplace (no wrapping paper, wreaths, or other items).
- Make sure none of your lights or extension cords have frayed or exposed wires.
- If you have a live Christmas tree, make sure you water it frequently. Dried out trees are more flammable.
Decorations and Gifts
If you have young children, there are some decorations that may require extra caution. Consider this safety advice:
- Angel hair is made up of fiberglass. You should not handle it with bare hands. Keep it out of the reach of children.
- Be careful with metal ornament hooks around your children.
- Keep poinsettias out of reach of young children and pets. Some of these plants can be poisonous.
- Follow the directions carefully for artificial snow so that you don’t accidentally inhale the chemicals.
- Watch out for gifts and ornaments that have small parts that could be choking hazards for young children.
- Check recall lists for children’s toys that may be unsafe.
Holidays usually mean a lot of traffic. Take extra precautions when driving. Traffic tends to be heavier, and people may be in a rush. Also, you never know if other drivers may have been drinking. Here are some driving tips for the holidays.
- Always use seatbelts.
- Turn off your cell phone while driving.
- Make sure your car is in good condition, especially your tires and brakes when it comes to snowy or icy weather.
- If you are having drinks, always have a designated driver who is not drinking or using any substances. Or call a taxi or Uber if needed.
- Don’t drive distracted. Turn off your phone or have someone else hold it for you.
We hope these tips help you to have a healthy, happy, and safe holiday season! Happy holidays to you and yours!