Holiday time is here! It is a time of joy and fun, but only if everyone stays safe and avoids accidents. Unfortunately, with extra people around and a flurry of activity happening around every corner, there are more opportunities for people to get hurt. However, by following a few simple safety tips, you can minimize holiday risks and focus on the fun and festivities of the season.
Ten Important Holiday Safety Tips for the Whole Family
Have the best holiday possible, keep your family safe, and worry less about accidents and injuries by following these important guidelines.
1 – Watch out for little ones in different environments.
If you have children, it is likely that your home is child-proofed, but you cannot expect the same safety standards in other locations. Therefore, if you are traveling or simply visiting a home belonging to a friend or relative, pay close attention to your children.
2 – Be mindful of potential fire hazards.
Most home fires happen in the winter, and many of these places occur around the holidays. Candles, fireplaces, lighted trees, and ovens all present potential fire hazards. So, never leave any these things unattended while using.
3 – Decorate responsibly.
If you have small children or pets in the home, avoid smaller decorations that they might ingest. In addition, poinsettias are poisonous if consumed, so do not put them out around curious kids and animals. Finally, as almost everyone knows, chocolate candy can be dangerous to dogs, so keep candy bowls out of reach or only bring them out when entertaining.
4 – Make the right travel plans.
If you are traveling for the holidays, make sure to lock everything up tightly, but put your lights on timers so that your absence is not overly obvious to would-be thieves. Next, ask a trusted neighbor to check up on your home during your trip, but do not announce your intended absence publicly. Again, it is unwise to let potential burglars know that your home will be temporarily unattended.
5 – Keep an eye on holiday food.
At get-togethers, it is common to leave perishable food out for hours, but this may result in the accidental consumption of spoiled food. Also, with so many leftovers going into the refrigerator, it is easy to forget how long a dish, dessert, or appetizer has been in there. So, label everything with dates and toss things that are not consumed within a certain amount of time.
By following these precautions, you will find that it is easier to relax and enjoy good, festive times with friends and family members during the holiday season, into the New Year, and beyond.