Safety Tips for the Holiday Season
Holiday safety is an issue from late November to mid-January. Protect yourself by taking some basic precautions to ensure your family remains safe and injury-free throughout the season.
Thousands of injuries involve holiday decorating each year. Keep the following in mind when putting up decorations:
- “Angel hair” (containing spun glass), can irritate your eyes and skin. Consider a substitute, like non-flammable cotton.
- Artificial snow can irritate your lungs if inhaled. Follow directions carefully. If possible, use in well ventilated areas – then move item indoors.
- Decorate the tree with your kids in mind. Hang breakable ornaments toward the top of the tree.
- Always use the proper step ladder. Don’t stand on chairs or other furniture. If possible, get help!
- When hanging lights, make sure there are no exposed or frayed wires. Check for loose connections and broken sockets.
- Keep poisonous plants, including Poinsettias, out of reach of children and pets. Poison Control Center can be reached at (800) 222-1222.
- Keep paths clear of wrapping paper, decorations, toys, etc.
Watch Out for Candles and Fireplaces! According to National Fire Protection Association reports, thousands of deaths are caused by fires and fire-related injuries every year.
Use of candles and fireplaces, combined with combustible seasonal decorations means more risk for fire.
- Never leave burning candles unattended.
- Keep candles and lighters out of reach of children.
- Keep candles are on stable surfaces.
- Don’t place burning candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items.
- Check and clean the chimney and fireplace before use every year.