Holiday Season Safety
Between Thanksgiving and January 1st, we do an awful lot of travelling, gifting, decorating and socializing. What a lot of us don't think about is how we can maximize the bright sparkling lights of the holiday season while at the same time minimizing several specific hazards that go hand-in-hand with this time of year.
Here are some quick and easy tips to remain safe and injury-free this Holiday Season:
- 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; 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 any weather-related travel concerns.
Tips for Gifting:
- Beware of gifts with small parts, including batteries for infants and small children; they are a choking hazard.
- Do some homework and make sure toys you are giving do not have any recalls.
- Beware of heavy or awkward gifts, especially for the young and older generations. Always use proper lifting techniques.
- Be aware of your surroundings when shopping; make sure you go with someone else if possible. Many malls and stores employ security personnel who will walk you to your vehicle.
- If you are decorating your home, don't stand on chairs or other furniture. Use a step-ladder instead.
- When putting up lights, make sure there are no exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets.
- Keep in mind some plants may be poisonous, so keep these out of reach of children or pets.
- Make sure hallways are clear so no one trips on wrapping paper, decorations, toys, etc.
- Never leave burning candles unattended, and make sure they're out of the reach of children and pets.
- Don't burn candles near flammable items such as curtains, holiday decorations and your Christmas tree.
- Keep your chimney clean; have professionals clean it at least once a year.
Cooking Tips to Follow:
- Wash your hands often when handling food, especially raw meats.
- Use a meat thermometer to make sure you have cooked all of your meat thoroughly.
- Refrigerate any 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 the US Department of Health & Human Services.