How to Prevent Holiday Accidents

The holiday season is a time for fun, food, beautiful decorations, and the opportunity to visit with friends and family. There is also an increased risk of accidents inside and outside the home. By educating yourself on fire safety and following a few holiday safety tips, many holiday-related injuries can be prevented.

Steps

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    Inspect holiday lights every year for frayed wires, broken plugs, excessive kinking, and gaps in the cord insulation.
    • Never link more than 3 strands of lights together, and always plug the lights into an extension cord before plugging into a wall outlet.
    • Unplug all holiday lights before leaving the house or going to bed.
    • Only use lights that have an approval label from an independent testing facility.
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    Ensure that all holiday decorations are flame retardant or non-flammable and placed away from heat sources. Read the packaging on an artificial tree to confirm that it is flame retardant as well.
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    Put fragile decorations out of reach of children. If an ornament breaks, sweep up the broken glass immediately.
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    Place lit candles where they cannot be easily knocked over. Never decorate a holiday tree with lit candles.
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    Select a tree that is healthy and recently cut.
    • Pick up the tree and bump the trunk against the ground. If many needles fall off, the tree is not fresh and can be a potential fire hazard. The trunk should be sticky to the touch.
    • Display the tree away from a heat source, such as a furnace or fireplace.
    • Make sure the tree is watered daily and not left up for longer than two weeks.
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    Remove all holiday plants and flowers from the reach of children and animals. Poinsettias, holly berries, Jerusalem cherry and mistletoe are all toxic and can cause severe rashes, vomiting and other severe physical reactions. Write down the phone number of your local poison control center in case of accidental ingestion.
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    Avoid overeating. The holidays offer many delicious and exotic foods, but by overindulging you run the risk of intestinal issues, including abdominal pain and bloating that can last for up to 3 days. Eat small portions and drink plenty of water to maintain regular digestion.
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    Limit alcoholic beverages. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), alcohol is linked to more than half of the driving-related deaths over the holidays.
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    Turn in pot handles when cooking on a stove and close the oven door at all times. Keep small children away from a hot stove to avoid burns and spills.
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    Hire a professional to hang your holiday decorations. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that more people were injured by falling off of ladders during the holiday months than any other time of the year.
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    Dispose of wrapping paper in a garbage receptacle. Never throw wrapping paper in a fireplace. A larger fire with sparks can result, triggering a larger fire within the home.

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Categories: Injury and Accidents