What do the Holidays mean to you? Do you think about time with your family, time off of work, lots of food and presents, snow falling and carolers caroling? Those are all highlights of the holiday season! What a lot of us don't think about, however, is how we can maximize the bright highlights of the holiday season all while minimizing the potential hazards that go hand-in-hand with this time of year.
Here are some quick and easy tips to remain safe and injury-free:
Spruce It Up!
- If you are decorating a tree, put breakable ornaments higher up on the tree and out of the reach of curious kids.
- Use a step-ladder instead of standing on chairs or other furniture.
- When putting up lights, make sure there are no exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets.
- Keep in mind some plants, including some Poinsettias, may be poisonous. Keep these out of reach of children or pets.
- Make sure hallways are clear so no one trips on wrapping paper, decorations, toys, etc.
Give It Up!
- Beware of gifts with small parts for infants and young children as they can be a choking hazard.
- Do some homework and make sure toys you are giving do not have any recalls. Check out the Consumer Product Safety Commission website to see if your toys have been recalled.
- Coin lithium batteries pose an ingestion hazard, potentially causing physical harm and even death according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Beware of heavy or awkward gifts and use proper lifting techniques.
Light It Up!
- Never leave candles burning unattended.
- Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
- Don't burn candles near flammable items such as curtains, holiday decorations or Christmas trees.
- Keep your chimney clean; have professionals clean it at least once a year.
Party It Up!
- Wear your seat belt when in an operating vehicle.
- Don't drive distracted; don't use your cell phone while driving.
- Don't drive impaired and procure a designated driver to ensure everyone makes it home safely.
- Properly maintain your vehicle and keep a well-stocked emergency kit in your trunk.
- Be prepared for weather-related travel concerns.
Eat It Up!
- Wash your hands often when handling food.
- Use a meat thermometer to make sure you have cooked all of your meat thoroughly.
- Refrigerate leftovers within two hours.
- When reheating leftovers, make sure to cook to a safe temperature.
- Use extra care if you are using a turkey fryer for your bird.
- Check out these extra tips for food safety from FoodSafety.gov.
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