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12/20/2019 4:11:00 PM

The holidays are many people’s favorite time of year. When we think of the holidays we think fun, family, and food. We must be cautions during this festive time to ensure that we have a safe and jolly time.


Traveling for the Holidays

Many people travel by car during the holidays. During the year, about 100 people die from car accidents in the U.S. every day. On New Year’s, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, that number jumps to anywhere to over 300. To stay safe when traveling this holiday season follow these steps:

  • Prepare your car for winter

  • Avoid drowsy driving

  • Leave early and plan for heavy traffic

  • Practice defensive driving

  • Make sure every passenger is buckled

  • Designate a sober driver if need be.


Decorating Safely

Festive decorating can be a fun way to get in the holiday spirit. However, thousands of people are injured every year from holiday decorating mistakes. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers these tips:

  • Keep poisonous plants away from children. Mistletoe, holly berries, and other holiday plants can be poisonous if ingested.

  • Place your tree away from places where it could catch fire, such as fireplaces, radiators, etc.

  • Replace old string lights with frayed wires or broken connections.

  • Turn off all lights and electronics decorations before going to bed or leaving the house.

Watch out for fire.


Fire Safety

The use of candles, lights, and fireplaces, leads to an increase in the risk for house fires. Use these tips to lessen the risk of a fire breaking out in your home.

  • Place lighted candles out of the reach of children

  • Keep lighters where children cannot reach them

  • Don’t burn trees, decorations, or trash in the fireplace

  • Always use a screen when using the fireplaces.

  • Clean your chimney once a year.


Resources:

https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/winter/holiday

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Candles

https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep-food-safe/food-safety-by-events-and-seasons#winter


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