Millions of people around the world indulge in decorating the inside and outside of their home and office with anticipation for impressing their family and friends this time of year. Coworkers participate in the Annual Festive Decorating Contest at the workplace and try to create the brightest, most magical scenery, even if it’s only up for a short time.
There's no denying the beauty of the holidays unless something goes wrong and the most dangerous scenario becomes a reality.
As you deck the halls this holiday season, familiarize yourself with these holiday safety tips and learn how to stay safe and healthy this season.
- Fire safety: According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 860 home structure fires per year and of that number, 210 of the fires started with the Christmas tree. A small Christmas tree fire can escalate to a large fire, quickly. If you’re going to put up a live Christmas tree in the workplace, make sure it’s watered daily and not blocking an exit or too close to the wall. Additionally, make sure there are no exposed or frayed wires, damaged sockets, or unfastened connections, which could easily cause hazardous situations. Read the NFPA Christmas tree fire hazards here.
- Decorating Injuries: Making your home or office look like a winter wonderland is fun but about 15,000 injuries involving holiday decorating were seen in emergency rooms during the 2012 season, according to National Safety Council. Inspect all ladders prior to using them and work as a team to watch out for unsafe situations. After all, accidents are preventable and your safety is priceless.
- Traveling Safety: According to Injury Facts 2015, alcohol-impaired fatalities represented 31% of the total accidents during the holiday season. Don’t get behind the wheel if you’re drinking – call a friend or plan ahead with a designated driver. Additionally, distracted driving causes one-quarter of all crashes. Remember no texting while driving. If you need to respond to a text message, pull over in a well-lit parking lot or wait until you get to your destination. Making these safety decisions can save your life.
- Food Safety: Most people will agree that they consume more food and sugary sweets during the holidays than any other time of the year. Holiday parties are frequent and carrying your favorite dish to share at another location can spread a little more than just holiday cheer. Bacteria can grow and cause food poisoning – especially if food is left out for longer than needed. While storing and serving your food, keep it at the right temperature to eliminate food poisoning.
- Keep Colds Away: Cold and Flu season is at its peak during the months of September and March. There are more than 200 viruses that cause the common cold. Always Keep your hands away from your nose and eyes to greatly reduce the chances of catching a cold. And, as simple as it sounds, the best way to prevent colds this season is to frequently wash your hands. Spread holiday cheer – not cold and flu!
Remember to stay safe and healthy when getting ready for this holiday season!
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