Holiday Season Safety Tips
- Buy Presents from a Reputable Manufacturers — The presents you buy should have been created by reputable manufacturers. The reason being that if the manufacturer is not reputable, you don’t know how stable, or safe, the present will turn out once used. If the manufacturer made an error, the product could lead to bodily injury if something does not work as intended. For example, you bought your child a new bicycle from an unknown manufacturer and your kid is taking it out for a ride. As it turns out the brakes on the bicycle do not function properly which sends your kid crashing into a tree and they break their arm as a result of the defective bicycle. Buying a bicycle from a reputable manufacturer will greatly decrease your chances of a defective product.
- Pick Up and Vacuum Regularly — The holidays can be jolly, but they can be dangerous to small children and the family pets. Ornaments from Christmas trees and small parts from toys can fall the ground and look like a tasty treat in the eyes of toddlers, dogs, and cats. If they attempt to swallow these dangerous small objects, they can choke on them. During the holidays, it’s important to keep the floors as clean as possible to avoid any confusion.
- Avoid Fire Hazards — The holidays mean that the interior and exterior of houses will be decorated with lights, and while they can look spectacular, they are not without risk. If there’s a short in the circuit, it can cause one of the lights to blow and send sparks flying. If they land on something flammable, it can light a fire. To reduce your chances of a fire, there are few things you can do. Under no circumstances should you ever use real candles to decorate tears. Do not place your lights near flammable surfaces. Switch from standard lights to LED lights as they have a much higher safety standard than regular bulbs. In addition to lights and candles, your Christmas tree may also pose a threat to your safety. If your tree is real, make sure to keep it watered and give it fresh water regularly. If you let your tree dry and let the needles turn yellow, your tree suddenly becomes an incredibly flammable thing. To deter the chances of a combustion, keep it as green as possible.
- Careful Around the Kitchen — Christmas dinner is an important time for all families, but it is important to be careful around the kitchen during the holidays. Rushing in and out of the kitchen during this time is a recipe for disaster. It can lead to accidents with sharp and pointy silverware, and hot pots and pans. Make sure to cook and place everything on the table with enough time to avoid any kitchen-related accidents.
- Have Scissors at the Ready — To open gifts, you sometimes have to cut through some tough tape or plastic. Many people use knives to cut through them and access their gift faster, but this can be troublesome, especially if the knife slips or if they have placed their hands or fingers directly in the path of the blade. To reduce your chances of getting cut while you open gifts, have a pair of scissors at the ready to help you slice through those tough strips of tape.
- Do Not Drink and Drive — There’s nothing wrong with having some spiced eggnog for the holidays. If you will be drinking this holiday season, make sure that you have a way to get home that doesn’t involve putting you behind the wheel. Drunk driving is incredibly dangerous and can not only lead to serious injury on your part, but cause serious injury to those with whom you crash. There are plenty of option for you: the first being Uber/Lyft, public transportation, or have a designated driver.