Holiday safety is an issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January, with family gatherings, holiday parties and increased travel. Take some basic precautions to ensure your family remains safe and injury-free throughout the season.
Being Prepared When Traveling for the Holidays –
In 2017, 329 people died on New Year’s Day, 463 on Thanksgiving Day and 299 on Christmas Day, according to Injury Facts. Alcohol was involved in about a third of the fatalities. Be prepared for winter weather conditions. Leave early and plan for heavy traffic. Avoid driving drowsy. Buckle up and put away distractions like cell phones while driving. Always designate a sober driver to ensure everyone makes it home safely.
Emergency rooms see thousands of injuries involving holiday decorating every season. Keep poisonous plants and breakable ornaments out of the reach of children and pets. Keep tree at least 3 feet away from heat sources. Use indoor and outdoor lights according to directions to prevent electrical fires and use caution when using a ladder.
Recognizing Fire Starters
The National Fire Protection Association reports that one-third of home decoration fires are started by candles and that two of every five decoration fires happen because the decorations are placed too close to a heat source. Keep candles, lighters, and matches away from children. Never leave open flames unattended. Clean chimney’s at lease once a year and use a screen on fireplaces while a fire is burning.
Dangers of Turkey Fryers
Be alert to the dangers if you’re thinking of celebrating the holidays by frying a turkey. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports there have been 154 turkey-fryer related fires, burns or other injuries since 2004, with $5.2 million in property damage losses have resulted from these incidents. Consider using an oil-less turkey fryer.
Preventing Food Poisoning
- Wash hands frequently.
- Keep raw meet away from ready to eat foods.
- Use food thermometers to make sure foods are cooked to the correct temperature.
- Only keep left overs for 3-4 days when properly refrigerated.
More than a quarter of a million children were seriously injured in toy-related incidents in 2017. Avoid safety hazards while gifting with these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Pay attention to the age ratings. You should avoid small parts for Children under 3 to prevent choking hazards. Always give safety equipment when giving riding toys. Be cautious with batteries as they can be fatal if swallowed.
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