On the 12th day of Blogmas (which is my last one for Blogmas, by the way!), my post is going to be …
About staying safe during the holidays! Sure, be festive and psyched for Christmas and everything, but it’s just as important, if not more important that you stay safe throughout all the happenings!
Christmas is one of those holidays, along with New Years, where there is an increase in house fires and fatalities / injuries due to car accidents involving alcohol.
Other sorts of accidents and injuries could be related to:
- Taking down or putting up Christmas decorations
- Unwrapping presents with scissors and knives
Don’t be one of those people! Just as important, don’t let your friends and family be one of those people as well!
Yeah, these tips are pretty much all common sense, but during the holiday rush, these things can be easily forgotten! It helps to reiterate these safety tips so that we can all enjoy the season with our family, as well as avoiding any unwanted incidents.
Have a buddy system
When you’re putting on decorations inside or outside the house, it always helps to have someone there with you. Your helper can help stabilize the ladder (if you’re using one to decorate), or they can easily hand you the tools you need.
Practice standard food safety
As per the usual, make sure to wash hands and surfaces regularly, and avoid cross contamination. Be sure to cook all food properly at the right temperature and time, as well as store or freeze food properly!
Don’t leave candles, fireplaces, or food cooking on the stove unattended! Be sure to hang your stockings reasonably above the fireplace where there won’t be any accidental catching!
Amidst all the holiday madness, there’s a chance of young children getting a hold of sharp and dangerous tools, as well as food and beverage that shouldn’t be for them! Make sure to put these objects away immediately after you’re done with them, or store them away if you have to leave temporarily.
It’s super easy at this time of year to get stressed out, whether it be because of the long to-do list, shopping for everyone’s Christmas presents, decorating, cooking, etc. Remember that it’s important to maintain your health, as well as mental health, throughout all of this. Finding and shopping for presents had always stressed me out, but I found a way to manage that stress in my own life. If you ever feel overwhelmed or overly stressed, remember to stop and breathe. Make sure to get adequate sleep, use your support system, and take time for some self care.
Don’t drink and drive or let anyone else drink and drive
This is one of the most common kinds, if not the most common kind of accident / fatalities that occur during the holidays. A drunk driver is a dangerous driver! PLEASE, do not drink and drive! If a guest is intoxicated, why not offer them a place in your house to stay the night? Maybe you can offer to drive them home yourself?
This is obviously only a few out of the many safety tips out there. It’s essential to remember that even though it’s nearly Christmas, the standard safety rules still should apply! Have a fun and safe holiday!