Mature Man Falling On Wet Floor In Front Spilled Bucket Of Water At Home

Tis the Season – A Spill, A Slip, A Hospital Trip

The Holiday season can be especially hectic for many; especially for those with children, older adults, and pets. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year can open the door to a variety of safety concerns. Traveling, visiting family and friends, as well as mental and financial strain, all add further complexity to an already taxing time of the year.

  • Keep floors clear, clean, and dry so you do not slip or fall.
  • Ensure that holiday lighting and excess cords are fastened in areas outside of walking paths, in and outside of the home
  • Live Christmas trees should be kept watered. Schedule reminders to prevent them from drying out. Do not place Christmas trees, decorations, or gifts near fireplaces.
  • Turn off all decorations and lighting, inside and outside before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Do not overload circuits or use too many extension cords to avoid fire hazards. Check your smoke detectors and change batteries if needed.
  • Only use holiday lighting as directed. If lights are meant for indoor use, do not use them ourside as this can expose them to moisture and cause electrocution, damage to property, and/or injury or death.
  • If a ladder is needed, wear appropriate footwear, be sure it is the appropriate height, on stable ground, take your time, and avoid overreaching.
  • Keep pets and small children away from Holiday decorations; especially those that use electricity or pose a choking hazard.
  • Check the batteries in smoke alarms, do not leave candles unattended.
  • Specific travel safety concerns:
    • If you must stop at night, park in a well-lit area.
    • Carry your car keys in your hand and stay alert to your surroundings.
    • Beware of excess alcohol consumption; do not drive if you have been drinking.
  • Keep in mind of the possibility of food poisoning from holiday meals or treats.


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