Did you know that there are approximately 15,000 injuries every year related to holiday decorating? The holiday season is one of the busiest times for ERs across the country as people flock to treat unexpected burns, sprains, falls, cuts, and various injuries caused by the innocent decision to spread a little cheer. The sad thing about this situation is that most of these injuries are preventable. In our haste to have a good time, we often toss caution to the wind and end up suffering unpleasant consequences. If you don’t want to be a part of these statistics, here are five tips to ensure that you celebrate this year free from stress.
1. Prepare for the Worst:
A big misconception people have about the holidays is assuming that they’re all fun and games. The truth actually happens to be quite the opposite. Elevated interaction and social activity during the holidays increases the chances of people suffering mishaps and injuries. This is precisely why emergency preparation is important during this season. The simplest precautions can end up guaranteeing that you party without a hitch.
• Stock up on first-aid supplies and refresh your knowledge of first-aid.
• Stock up on fire extinguishers and test smoke detectors.
• Practice emergency drills and keep your guard up for safety hazards.
2. Beware of Open Flames:
The holidays provide us all with countless reasons to use fire. It could be for decorative candles, it could be for lanterns or even for fireplaces during the winter. Whatever the reason, if you happen to use fire during the holidays remember to be vigilant about monitoring it. Unattended flames are the biggest cause of home fires – especially when Christmas trees and dangling decorations have been set up. Always extinguish fires if you know you will be away from them for extended durations of time.
3. Be Careful with Your Electricity:
People naturally end up using electrical appliances more heavily during the holidays. For instance: decorative lights and electrical displays always compete for wall-outlet space; cold weather makes it necessary to use space heaters and other such temperature-regulation equipment; hosting guests also means that some of us will end up plugging in cooking appliances or electronic devices that otherwise stay dangerously dormant for months at a time. The more appliances you use, the more urgent it is to ensure that your wiring and circuits are secure.
• Don’t overload electrical outlets with cords.
• Invest in reliable surge protectors and don’t daisy chain devices unnecessarily or excessively.
• As is the case with open flames, do not leave lights and equipment running if they will be left unattended for long periods of time.
• Don’t hesitate to throw out electrical devices with damaged or worn out components. Holiday decorations in particular are seldom ever built to last.
4. Don’t Wing it With the Food: Fire isn’t the only source of risk that revelers face during the holidays. Parties automatically mean cooking on a large scale, and unless you have experience cooking large portions, it’s easy for food poisoning to happen due to poorly cooked food. If you end up responsible for hosting groups of people during the holidays, make sure to feed them hygienically.
• Don’t undercook meat – especially Turkey.
• Make sure that none of your ingredients are expired before cooking. Don’t empty out your pantry without checking the dates on your food.
• Practice preparing new or exotic meals before serving them to guests. It usually takes more than one attempt for people figure out how to cook a new meal to perfection.
5. Remember to Breathe:
Every party takes planning. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an occasion as elaborate as a wedding, or an intimate gathering like a dinner with friends and family. Fun times simply can’t happen without the tireless coordinators who are willing to organize every logistical detail necessary to let the good times roll. In the bustle of shopping and decorating that comes with the holidays, remember not to exert yourself to the point of fatigue. The whole point of having holidays after all is enjoyment. When it comes to preventing accidents, not only should you be heedful to protect your property and your guests, you should also protect your health and well-being too.
There’s an age-old saying that says prevention is better than cure. This stands true not just for the big events in life, but also for harmless things like relaxation. Always put safety first and you’ll never have a reason to suffer avoidable problems. For more information, visit any of our offices or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you secure your festivities. We got you covered!