The holiday season is upon us, and many of us our caught up in all those fun holiday tasks – decorating the house, baking, shopping and many more things that are well outside of our normal everyday routines. And for that reason, it doesn’t hurt to make a checklist of how to complete these holiday tasks safely to avoid personal injury. (Thanks for the tips, Yahoo! Shine!)
If you are a person who decorates the outside of the house, here are some precautions you should take to avoid holiday accidents:
- Plan Ahead: Before you are up on a ladder trying to untangle lights, have a game plan. Make sure you have the things you need and know where they will be plugged in. Otherwise, you may create a fire by overloading electrical sockets or runnning too many extension cords.
- The Right Stuff: Make sure you have the appropriate equipment. This means materials rated for outdoor use and able to sustain the season (if not multiple seasons) of use. Examples include stainless steel hooks and exterior extension cords.
- Use the Ladder With Care: Or not at all. “Following a three-year study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that almost 18,000 people ended up in emergency rooms due to holiday decorating falls … and it’s estimated the total number of injuries is 2 to 3 times this number,” reports Shine.
- Conserve With Timers: Installing automatic timers can save you time and money. You set them once for when you want your lights on and off and – voila! – you don’t have to worry about them until sometime after the new year.
- Oh Christmas Tree! Live Christmas trees can be beautiful and aromatic. They can also be an accident waiting to happen if you do not care for them properly. Buy them early to ensure freshness, and make sure you keep your live tree hydrated.
- Light Up Your Home: This is particularly important if you are going to be out at night or even out of town. Make sure you have timers on your lights so it appears that you are home even when you are not.
- Maintain Your Entryway: This means making sure that your driveway and entryway to your home are well-lit and clear of ice, snow or other slip and fall hazards.
- Childproofing: Even if you do not have small children, anticipate whether holiday guests may include small children. If so, either childproof cabinets or move non kid-safe items like medicine, cleaning supplies and alcohol to higher ground.
With just a few easy steps and following the checklist above, you can have a very happy, healthy and safe holiday season – free of personal injury, slip and fall incidents or trips to the emergency room.