Tips for a Safe Holiday Season
The holiday season should be a joyous time for celebrating good health and cheer with families and friends. Still, it is important to remember that serious accidents and injuries can occur if we fail to take proper precautions.
Whether you are decorating your house for the holidays, preparing a meal or taking a trip out of town, you should be aware of injury risks and the steps you can take to prevent a fall, traffic collision or other accident.
Safety While Decorating at Home
When thinking about holiday safety tips, you should first consider the ways in which you can make your home safer for yourself and your family members. The National Safety Council (NSC) provides these tips to keep your household safe and prevent serious injuries when decorating:
- Do not use lighted candles anywhere near a Christmas tree, curtains and other items that could ignite.
- Keep your tree away from your fireplace, your radiator, and any other sources of heat in your home.
- If you select an artificial tree, be sure that you purchase one that is clearly labeled as being fire-resistant.
- Do not place more than three light sets on a single extension cord.
- Keep extension cords, trees and other decorations out of commonly trafficked areas to prevent a serious slip-and-fall accident.
- When you are hanging lights or other decorations, you should only stand on a proper ladder or step stool.
- If you are using a ladder, choose one with slip-resistant feet and be sure to wear sturdy slip-resistant shoes when you are climbing the ladder.
Keeping Your Family Healthy During the Holidays
In addition to holiday safety tips for your household, it is important to think about ways to ensure your family’s health. The NSC and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a number of tips for a healthy holiday season, including:
- Pay attention to food safety issues. Do not defrost any food at room temperature (this should be done in cold water, in the microwave, or in the refrigerator).
- Always wash your hands, utensils, and any other kitchen materials that may have come into contact with raw poultry.
- Stay warm inside your house and outdoors. Cold weather can lead to serious health problems, particularly among the very young and the elderly.
- Manage your stress as best as possible. By getting enough sleep and avoiding stress, you will help your immune system immensely.
Holiday Travel Safety Tips
During the holidays, many North Carolina families take trips out of town. Whether you are traveling in your own automobile or are taking a flight to another part of the world, you should consider important travel safety issues. The fact sheets from both the NSC and the CDC provide some travel safety tips as well as this article from the AARP. These tips include:
- Prep your car for winter weather, which includes getting your brakes, spark plugs, tires and battery checked.
- Do not drink and drive, and do not let anyone else drink and drive.
- Wear your seat belt at all times when you are in the car. Be sure that your family members buckle up, too.
- If you travel out of your comfort zone, be sure to study up on your destination and stay connected so that family and friends know where you are and what you will be doing.
- If you travel to another country, be sure to stash your cash, credit cards, and passport in separate places.
Even the safest among us can be victims of the negligence of others. If you suffer harm in an accident caused by another in Goldsboro or elsewhere in North Carolina, contact Strickland Agner Pittman to protect your rights.