‘Tis the season to be jolly, but it is also important to follow Christmas safety tips to keep yourself and your family out of danger. According to the US Fire Administration, December is the peak time of year for home candle fires, with 7% more home candle fires in December begin due to home decorations, compared with the rest of the year.
Other factors that create hazards during this festive period include excitement, tiredness, stress, and alcohol. Your house may also be full of people during the holiday season, making accidents more likely to occur. It is important to keep the following five Christmas holiday safety tips in mind to prevent your festivities from involuntarily being cut short with a trip to the emergency room.
1. Keep Decorations and Cards Away from Heat Sources
Make sure that decorations and Christmas cards are placed far away from heat sources like lamps and Christmas lights. Never leave burning candles unattended and avoid putting burning candles on your tree. Be sure to put decorative candles out before going to bed or leaving your home.
2. Buy Reputable Toys for the Correct Age Group
When buying toys as Christmas gifts for children, be sure to pick toys from reputable companies that are made for the correct age group. A rule of thumb is that the smaller the child, the larger the toy should be. Keep an eye out for small items that could pose a choking hazard to young children.
Additionally, bear in mind that Christmas novelty items are not toys and do not have to comply with toy safety regulations. Therefore, you should carefully consider where you place Christmas novelty items and keep them out of the reach of young children.
3. Consider Buying New Christmas Lights
Christmas lights safety is another important concern during the holidays. Shorts in Christmas lights can cause Christmas tree fires. If you have old Christmas lights that you bought many years ago, consider buying new ones that meet today’s stricter safety standards. Also, be sure to switch off your Christmas lights before going to bed or leaving your home.
4. Give Yourself Plenty of Time to Prepare Christmas Dinner
Christmas dinner is typically the biggest meal of the year, so it is important to carefully plan your meal to avoid injuries. Some dangers present in the kitchen during the holidays include sharp knives, boiling water, and hot oil. Make sure that people, especially children, stay out of the kitchen while you are cooking, and avoid drinking any alcohol until you are finished. Many Christmas cooking accidents happen when people are in a rush, so set aside plenty of time to prepare Christmas dinner.
5. Keep the Stairs Free of Clutter
Accidents commonly occur on the stairs during the holidays. People may accidentally fall down the stairs after drinking or trip over clutter and fall. Keep your stairs well lit and free of clutter, especially if you plan to host guests at your home.
Christmas is a time for holiday cheer, but it is also one of the most dangerous times of the year. Although the stress and excitement of Christmas can lead to injuries and accidents, the good news is that most problems can be prevented with careful planning and consideration. Follow these Christmas safety tips to enjoy a safe and happy holiday with your friends and loved ones!