Holiday Safety Tips

Date: December 23, 2014


Every year, over 8,000 people go to the emergency room for injuries- including falls, cuts and shocks that are related to holiday decorations or Christmas trees. Here are some tips to make sure that you’re happy holiday doesn’t turn into a disaster, and that you aren’t spending New Year’s Eve in a hospital bed.

When you buy a Christmas tree, make sure that it is fresh; a fresh tree is green, with needles that are hard to pull off of the branches that don’t break when you bend them. You can also tap the tree against the ground, keeping an eye on how many needles fall out.

When you are decorating your tree, never use combustible or flammable materials, as these are much easier to catch fire. Also look for tinsel or other decorations that are either plastic or nonleaded. Never use candles on or near any kind of tree, as well, as these can make the tree catch fire and evergreens burn quickly.

Check your children or other younger relative’s toys and make sure that they are age-appropriate; many toys that are for children over the age of three contain small pieces that can be swallowed and choke your little one.

If you are planning on using fireworks during your holiday celebrations, make sure to stay safe. Keep the fireworks stored inside a metal box or bucket, and never go back to a lit firework. Also make sure to keep a bucket of water close by, just in case the fireworks set something on fire.

By following these tips, you will be sure to have a happy, healthy holiday that will keep you with your family- instead of in a hospital room.