The Most Common Holiday Accidents
By Janin Hendry
The holidays bring relatives, cookies, and the gift of giving to homes everywhere. You do not need to be a child to suffer burns from cooking a turkey or fall off a ladder putting up the holiday lights. Holiday accidents are part of the season as much as snow, and they are something you can avoid with information.
What Are the Statistics?
Holiday accidents should not be part of family traditions, but unfortunately, the numbers of types of accidents go up every year. The most common are fires, decorating accidents, and toy accidents.
Kitchen accidents - Cooking fires and burns are the most common holiday accident, with cooking fires being the top reason for home fires. There are three times the cooking fires on Thanksgiving or Christmas than any other time of the year.
Decorating injuries - Most decorating injuries involve falls. Every year, there are around two hundred injuries from decorating everything from your home to the Christmas tree.
Toys - Most children's toys come with age-appropriate ratings, but that does not stop younger children from getting a hold of their older siblings' toys. One of the most common visits to the emergency room every year is for small children choking on small toy parts. If you choose to give a toy with small parts to one child, keep the toys away from the younger children.
What Can You Do to Stay Safe?
Being aware of how dangerous the holidays are is the first step towards keeping your family safe. You can do many things to keep your home safe for everyone who will visit your home this year.
Turn pan handles to the back of the stove - Children, especially those learning, are long practiced in reaching up, grabbing onto things to pull themselves up. Keep pan handles turned towards the back of the stove to prevent children from pulling burning hot pans and the food they hold down on top of them.
Don't wear loose clothing - Wearing loose clothing can cause kitchen and person fires. The loose cloth can get on the burner and start a fire. Burns is one of the easiest things to cause and avoid in a holiday season. If you must wear the ugly sweater with pompoms, take it off for kitchen work.
Keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen - A fire extinguisher is something every kitchen should have, but if yours does not have one, it is not hard to add one for the holidays and beyond. It can save the time put out grease fires keeping the lids for pans at hand along with a fire extinguisher.
Keep live trees well-watered - Living Christmas trees smell and look amazing in your home, but they dry out very quickly. Keep the tree base well submerged in water to prevent it from becoming a fuel source in a fire. You should also keep candles away from the tree to reduce the possibility of fire.
The holidays are a time of togetherness and joy. Don't let accidents and holiday distractions get in the way of you having an amazing time. Take precautions and make sure everything goes the way you want it to for this holiday season.
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