The holidays are the time for family, good food, and celebration. We want this Holiday Season to be safe and injury free. Here are some basic precautions to stay safe.
Holiday Gift Giving
When you are unpacking boxes of décor or opening that big Christmas present, be cautious. Reduce your chances of injury by being ergonomically safe. Use these proper lifting techniques:
- Lift with the muscles of your legs, not your back.
- Engage your core muscles when you lift.
- Keep the object closer to your body at waist height. You have more strength and put less strain on your back.
- Don’t twist your body as you lift.
- If the object or box is heavy, ask someone to help you perform the lift.
Traveling during the Holidays
Hundreds of people die on the holidays. According to the NHTSA, in December 2016 alone, 781 people lost their lives in drunk-driving crashes. Here are some precautions encouraged by the National Safety Council. If you have to travel on the road, take these precautions:
- After a holiday party (or any party for that matter), use a designated driver to ensure everyone makes it home safe.
- Don’t get distracted; Put your cell phone away.
- Always buckle up whether the ride is long or short.
- Make sure your vehicle is prepared for the road and weather conditions like snow or heavy traffic. Proper maintenance can help to avoid many potential accidents.
Fires and Burns during the Holidays
Thousands of deaths are caused by fire-related injuries every year. An average of 170 home fires started with Christmas trees each year, according to the NFPA . On average. 23 home candle fires are reported every day. The Holidays being the top 3 days for incidents. Seasonal decorations and the increased use of candles and fireplaces in homes increases the risk for fire.
- Never leave burning candles unattended.
- Don’t place candles near trees, curtains or other flammable objects.
- Make sure candles are put out before falling asleep.
- Put candles on stable surfaces only.
- Keep candles out of the reach of children.
Decorations for the Holidays
Decorating can put anyone in the holiday spirit but emergency rooms see thousands of injuries because of the hazards of holiday decor.
- Always follow directions carefully.
- Keep breakable ornaments out of reach of children.
- Use ladders, not chairs to reach higher areas.
- Make sure all lights are in good, safe condition; No exposed wires, loose connections. Do not to overload electrical circuits.
- Be aware that some plants such as Mistletoe, Holly and some Poinsettias, can be poisonous to pets and/or children. The ASPCA has some additional recommendations for your pet’s safety.
- Keep walkways clear.
The Holiday season is a time to celebrate and enjoy the company of those you love; Not a time to visit hospitals or go to the doctor. Stay safe this holiday season by taking the necessary precautions to avoid accidents, injuries and unnecessary insurance claims.