A Safer Holiday
Safely Enjoy The Lights, Good Cooking and Holiday Warmth
Proven Need for Holiday SafetyAccording to the Unites States Fire Administration, each holiday season fires caused from winter holiday cooking, heating and open flame injure 2,600 individuals and cause over $930 million in damage. In the Consumer Product Safety Commission report, 12,500 people are treated in emergencies each year from falls, cuts, shocks, and burns due to incidents involving faulty holiday lights, dried-out Christmas trees and other holiday decorations. The Electric Safety Foundation International also indicates that risk of poisoning also increases during the holiday period, resulting not only from common household items, but also from carbon monoxide (CO).
With a little consideration, hazards can be avoided during the holidays so there is time to enjoy loved ones instead of "putting out fires" in a manner of speaking. We've put together a few reminders to help keep your family safe this coming holiday season.
Some of these are obvious, but a good reminder to us all!
Holiday Decoration Safety
- FLAMMABLES: Avoid using lighted candles near flammable items.
- HOLIDAY PLANTS: Keep holiday plants like mistletoe, holly berries, and amaryllis out of reach of small children since they are poisonous and can cause severe stomach problems.
- FRESH CUT TREES: If you choose to put up a fresh cut tree, make it a priority to keep it watered daily to avoid drying out and keep tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources.
- LIGHT STRANDS: Properly use indoor vs. outdoor lights, make sure strands are against walls to avoid tripping hazards and properly turn them off while away or when you go to bed; it is a good idea to unplug light strands when not in use.
- HOLIDAY ACCENTS: Use gloves when applying spun glass angel hair to avoid eye and skin irritation and wear protective mask when applying aerosol sprays like artificial snow to avoid inhalation and irritation to lungs.
Food and Hosting Safety
- HAND WASHING: Always wash your hands when preparing a holiday meal for friends/family and use disposable gloves when preparing raw poultry.
- SHARPEN KNIVES: Most knife injuries are caused from dull blades, so keep your knives sharp during your holiday cooking.
- FOOD THERMOMETER: Cook foods to a safe internal temperature before serving using a clean food thermometer.
- CLEANING SURFACES: Avoid cleaning kitchen surfaces with sponges or wet dishcloths since they easily harbor bacteria and promote bacterial growth.
- REFRIGERATION: Move leftovers to the refrigerator or freezer within two hours after cooking and be sure to date the leftovers for future use.
Disclaimer: Information and recommendations contained in this piece are compiled from sources believed to be reliable. Sandy City makes no guarantee as to and assumes no responsibility for the correctness, sufficiency or completeness of such information or recommendations. Other or additional safety measures may be required under particular circumstances.
Download this Holiday_Safety_Checklist to help you and your family be safe this holiday season. What things do you do to keep your family safe during the winter months?