Holiday Health & Safety Tips It’s the holidays! A time to relax and celebrate with friends and family. Unfortunately, the holidays do not come hazard free and we’re here to make you aware of hazards so you can have a happy and healthy holiday. The endless string of parties, cooking new recipes in your home, even shopping can be hazardous to your wellbeing. The following tips will help you stay risk free this holiday. Avoid Flammable Christmas Trees More than 400 residential fires involve Christmas trees every year. These fires result in as many as 40 deaths and 100 injuries during the holidays. Though Christmas trees cause the fewest holiday-related fires, they account for the greatest percentage of deaths, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Avoid Deep Fried Turkey Fires Deep-frying your turkey is a delicious way to cook your bird, but deep frying can be so dangerous most companies that produce deep fryers refuse to stamp any fryers on the market with its iconic UL logo. From 1998 to 2007, there were at least 138 incidents involving turkey fryers that caused 36 injuries and more than $7.8 million in property loss. Avoid Gift Opening Hazards In addition to the troublesome questions about the safety of the toys themselves, did you know each year about 6,000 people in the United States visit the ER with wounds from trying to pry, slice, or stab open gifts encased in hard plastic containers or held down with a thousand metal twist ties? Crazy, right? Be conscious of what you’re opening and how you’re opening it to avoid this holiday hazard. Avoid Decoration Disasters Did you know more than 5,000 people are injured in decorating-related falls each holiday season? To make sure you're not a statistic this year try the following when stringing lights or hanging mistletoe.
- Check that the ladder is on secure and level ground
- Don't step on the top two rungs of the ladder
- Space the ladder 1 foot away from the wall for every 4 feet high it reaches
- Stay centered between rails and do not overreach
- For roof access, extend the ladder at least 3 feet above the roof
- Keep the top and the bottom of the ladder clear of obstacles
- Make sure the ladder is locked open
Memorial Day is a great time to fire up the grill and enjoy the company of friends and family. It’s also a great time to take a road trip or get into the mountains. Whatever your plans are for this memorial day, make sure you’re safe and healthy. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your holiday weekend. Grilling Tips Make sure your food is completely cooked! According to the Center for Disease Control and Protection, approximately 48 million people get food poisoning per year. To avoid getting sick from your grill, use a meat thermometer and make sure any meat you grill is completely cooked. Raw meat can ruin your weekend. Additionally, grills themselves can be dangerous, especially with younger children around. Adults should keep a kid free area of three feet around the grill. Also make sure your grill is clean to avoid flame flare ups and fires while cooking. Travel Memorial Day weekend generally means there are extra cars on the road as people are taking road trips. More cars on the roads is a sure bet that there will be more traffic accidents. According to the National Safety Council, 382 fatalities and 40,900 injuries are expected to occur over the holiday weekend. Drivers should take extra precautions when on the road this Memorial Day weekend. Sun Exposure and Insects It’s likely that many will be spending time outside this weekend. Make sure to cover up to avoid sunburns as well as insect bites. While insects may just be a nuisance to some, they're much more dangerous to others. For those allergic to insect stings, health officials recommend you carry an EpiPen on you in the event of a severe allergic reaction. Also be on the lookout for ticks if you’re planning to go hiking or be out on the trails. Tick season is here. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!
- Wash hands and wash them often. Washing your hands will help prevent the spread of cold and flu germs.
- Manage stress. Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and out of control. Some of the best ways to manage stress are to find support, connect socially, and get plenty of sleep.
- Don't drink and drive (or let other drink and drive). Whenever anyone drives drunk, they put everyone on the road in danger. Choose not to drink and drive and help others do the same.
- Bundle up. Stay warm. Wear appropriate winter outdoor clothing (light, warm layers, gloves, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots). At home, work, and on the road, be prepared and prevent injuries too.
- Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Smokers have greater health risks because of their tobacco use, but non-smokers also are at risk when exposed to tobacco smoke.
- Fasten seat belts while driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Always buckle your children in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to their height, weight, and age. Buckle up every time, no matter how short the trip and encourage passengers to do the same.