It’s that time of year again, and with all the panic of the holiday season, safety concerns often get swept under the rug. It is important, however, that you take a moment to think about precautions, since the holidays present more than a few unique risks. Here’s how to make sure you and your family stay safe.
Safety Tips for the Holiday Season
- Avoid fire hazards: Perhaps the most unique danger is the fire hazard that comes from decorations. Putting things like candles, nativity scenes, electronic lights and Christmas trees together increases the chances of a fire. Avoid putting your tree too close to any source of extreme heat, throw out damaged Christmas lights, and never leave your indoor lights on if you cannot keep an eye on them. Taking these simple steps will prevent most fire-related accidents.
- Be careful in winter weather: The holiday season goes hand-in-hand with poor weather conditions. To make things worse, there are often smaller road crews working those days to maintain the streets. If you are on your way to a gathering, bring a winter kit with emergency supplies in case an accident or mechanical issue leaves you out in the cold. Never rush to make your events on time. Adjust your speed to accommodate potentially hazardous weather conditions. Getting to your destination safely is more important than getting there on time.
- Watch out for drunk driving: Drunk driving is always dangerous, but the holidays are an especially bad time for this. The holidays provide plenty of opportunities for people to drink. Combine this with lots of travel obligations, and you start seeing more drunk drivers on the road. Watch your own consumption, and avoid drivers who show signs of driving while intoxicated.
- Avoid dangerous toys: Not all toys are created equal. Some dangerous toys get sold before the manufacturer has time to recall them. Thankfully, safety experts have gone to the trouble of putting together lists, which are available online, so you know what toys to avoid. Either avoid these toys altogether or keep an eye on your kids when they play with them.
Of course, the holidays are a time for friends, family and quality time. Nobody wants to spend them worried, but taking a moment to remember safety every once and in a while will decrease the chances of someone getting hurt. Happy holidays everyone, and stay safe.