Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety on November 21, 2017
As the holidays approach, make a choice now to practice safety to ensure you and yours can enjoy the festivities and make memories you want to look back on for years to come. Here are 3 holiday safety tips you can practice to keep you and your family and friends safe:
1. Decorate Smartly
People dig out decorations every fall in preparation for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas to fill their towns with the holiday spirit. Sometimes, people take risks to set up the seasonal display to remember and have accidents from falls that send them to the hospital for the wrong kind of memorable experience. Be smart and check all of your equipment before you use it. Secure your ladder to the structure and have someone act as an anchor and safety buddy. Do not set foot on your roof in inclement weather or if it is covered in snow or ice.
The dangers don’t just exist outside. People hold on to Christmas lights long past the time comes to replace them, exposing their home to an electrical fire risk. Inspect your lights carefully for frayed or cut wires or malfunctioning bulbs. Replace the strand with LED lights to reduce your electric bill and risk of fire from old-fashioned bulbs. Finally, be mindful of what decorations you use on your tree, especially a live one.
2. Eat Normally
Holidays feature some amazing meals, with everyone bringing out their best and most traditional meals. Families and friends will offer rich and decadent food you may not usually eat. Because of this, you may eat more than you should. Because of the quality and quantity of the food, and the chance to have something you don’t the rest of the year, many people think nothing of piling on an extra serving or two. This causes several other issues, such as constipation, indigestion, and other digestive irritation, as well as high blood pressure. Though one day of indulgence won’t lead to a hospital stay, eating smartly ensure you feel well for the rest of the day.
3. Travel Safely
Inclement weather and people traveling great distances to enjoy time with family often mark this season. To do this, people may make ill-advised choices as they feel the pressure to be somewhere. Mix in people enjoying too much to drink at holiday parties, and you have the perfect conditions for accidents. To stay safe on the roads, prepare yourself for travel. Get adequate sleep, inspect your vehicle, change your tires if you lack the proper tire for the weather, and check the weather forecast before you go to bed. If you are traveling to a place where the temperatures drop to freezing, pack some extra warm clothes, blankets, and emergency supplies in case you get stranded. If you plan on using public transportation, such as a bus, taxi, or metro service to get to an airport or bus station, plan extra time into your trip to account of increased traffic and bad weather.
As the holidays approach, be mindful of the increased chance for illness. Practice good hygiene for your sake and for those around you. If you attend the seasonal parties this time of year is famous for, party carefully and make wise decisions. Take precautions to make sure you are around for many more holiday seasons to come.