5 Ways to Have a Happy and Safe Holiday
Keep you, your family, and your home safe this holiday season with these seasonal safety tips.
The last thing you want during the holidays is to spend any time in a doctor's office—or worse, the emergency department—because someone in your family experienced an avoidable injury. Follow these five steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy this season.
1. Stay safe on the roadAre you traveling by car to visit family or friends? Then get a good night's sleep before you head out so you don't drive drowsy. Be sure everybody is buckled up or riding in a booster or car seat. And don't drive distracted—put that cell phone away.
2. Check labels on toysAlways make sure toys match a child's age and development by reading warning labels. Toys are age-related for safety reasons.
3. Decorate with caution
Keep potentially poisonous plants, such as mistletoe and holly berries, away from young children and pets. Hang breakable ornaments or ones with small, detachable parts at the top of the tree—where curious little ones can't reach them.
4. Snuff out fire hazards
Water natural trees regularly; be sure artificial ones are labeled fire resistant; and keep all trees at least 3 feet away from fireplaces, radiators, and other heat sources.
Place candles where they can't be knocked down or blown over—and out of children's reach. Also, never leave burning candles or lit fireplaces unattended, especially when you're sleeping.
5. Foil food poisoning
Wash your hands often as you cook for holiday get-togethers. Keep raw meat, poultry, fish, and eggs away from ready-to-eat-foods to reduce the risk of cross-contamination with germs. Cook foods to their proper temperature. And never leave perishable foods out for more than two hours—watch the clock when entertaining so you don't forget.
Related: 10 Ways to Go Green for the Holidays
References: National Safety Council; Safe Kids Worldwide
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