Holiday Safety Tips for a Safe and Happy Holiday Season
It’s finally here! The stockings are hung, gifts are wrapped, and the cookies are frosted and ready for Santa. Children are anxiously waiting to open their presents, and moms are rushing to finish last minute meal preparations. Soon, family and friends will arrive to celebrate and the festivities will begin. Before the craziness ensues, pause for a moment to consider adding one more category to your Christmas checklist…..safety.
Keep you and your family safe by adding these five simple tasks to your holiday checklist:
- Safeguard your medications (and theirs).
With family and friends visiting during the holidays, ask them to keep purses, bags or coats that have medications in them up and out of sight when they are in your home.
- Put safety on your menu.
Make sure all proteins are cooked to the proper internal temperature, and wash your hands, utensils, sink and anything else that may have come into contact with raw meats. For more food safety precautions to keep your love ones healthy and safe, check out these USDA food safety tips.
- Don’t let a fire ruin your Christmas.
Practice your family fire escape route and take steps to prevent fires.
- Check for choking hazards.
There is a lot of excitement after opening gifts, but toys meant for older children can be dangerous for babies and toddlers. Be sure to keep toys with small parts away from younger children.
- Make sure your guests have a safe, and sober, ride home.
All guests need to have a designated driver. Encourage sober driving rather than impaired driving this holiday.
Don’t let an “accident” put a damper in your Christmas cheer. These five holiday safety tips will not only help to keep you and your family safe and injury-free over the holiday, but following them may also earn you a spot on Santa’s nice list.
For more Christmas safety tips please go to www.ndsc.org, download our Holiday Safety Tip Sheet, or visit www.nsc.org. From all of us at the North Dakota Safety Council, we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!