We are all looking forward to the holiday break and time to catch up with family and friends. During the holidays, we do not always think of things going wrong or needing to pay particular attention to safety. However, this is the perfect time to be more aware of safety and tips to prevent injuries. With more people being around the house and traveling, let’s make sure we all have a fun and safe holiday weekend.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) there were an estimated 15,000 injuries in 2012 involving holiday decorating, nationwide. Using some precautionary measures can help keep you and your family out of the statistics. The National Safety Council considered late November through mid-January as the most prevalent for holiday safety issues, so consider some of these tips even through the New Year.
Use caution decorating:
- Follow directions – some holiday décor have specific directions for applying for your safety. For example, spraying artificial snow can irritate your lungs if inhaled.
- Tree decorations – if small children and animals are living or will be visiting, keep them in mind when decorating the tree. Move breakable ornaments high up the tree and keep metal/sharp hoods away from their reach.
- Use a step ladder – when you’re decorating around your home and office, use a step stool/ladder. Avoid standing on chairs and other furniture.
- Double check lights – check your lights, both inside and outside, for safety. Make sure there are no exposed or frayed wires and that the connections and sockets are still working as they should.
- Plant awareness – did you know some Poinsettias re poisonous? Check what holiday plants are poisonous and keep them out of reach of kids and animals.
- Keep things tidy – make sure the clear away wrapping paper and decorations from the floor so everyone can move around freely.
- Be aware of fire hazards – fireplaces and candles are a fun way to light up the holiday season. But with all of the other holiday decorations can increase the likelihood of something catching fire.
- Be sure fireplaces and candles are clear from any flammable material.
- Make sure the full extinguish them before leaving unattended.
- Watch out for small children around candles and the fireplace.
- Never go to sleep with candles or the fireplace lit.
- Clean the chimney before using the fireplace each year.
- Keep food safety in mind – everyone enjoys the holiday treats this time of year. Be sure you are cooking and storing food properly in the midst of the festivities.
- Use food thermometers to be sure meat is cooked thoroughly.
- Always refrigerate food within two hours of serving. Even if that means putting it away for a while and then getting it back out later when more guests arrive.
- When re-heating, bring sauces, soups, gravies, and other hot liquids to a rolling boil.
- Always wash your hands regularly when preparing food.
We hope you all have a safe and fun holiday!
http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news- and-resources- holiday-safety.aspx
https://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/News-Releases/2014/CPSC- Estimates-More- Than-15000-Holiday-Decorating- Injuries-During- November-and- December/