Unarguably, Christmas is a magical time of the year. The time of the year is filled with family reunions, cozy fires, warm cocoa, and plenty of holiday fun. But, if you aren’t up for taking any extra precautions, your winter wonderland might turn into a dangerous holiday hazard.
In actuality, there are plenty of safety precautions you might not be taking and don’t even realize about it. You might be ignoring it big time, which you may regret later.
The most magical time of the year comes with a fair share of potential dangers. However, here is how you can significantly reduce hazards while opting for safety tips listed as follows:
1. Hang indoor light on the outdoor area
Several holiday lights are manufactured to use both indoors and outdoor. However, quite a few are location specific. Indoor lights are designed as unresisting to moisture, which might result in electric shock and damage, specifically in wet weather.
Quite a few lights are marked with a label of UL tag. Few indoor lights are labeled with a green UL, whereas outdoor lights are marked with a red UL.
2. Keep poinsettias away from your child and pet
This one isn’t as risky as you think. The plant is poisonous in nature. However, it is mildly toxic. For instance, a child must eat more than 500 poinsettia leaves to reach a potentially harmful level.
In addition, no death hasn’t been reported to date from the consumption of these leaves.
A child might throw up, as in vomit and queasy after eating it, but no significant incident would happen.
Further, the leaves don’t taste good, so it’s unlikely a child or pet would consume a considerable amount. Eating such plants might result in drooling, diarrhea, or vomiting in cats and dogs. However, the medical requirement isn’t required until the condition is dangerous.
There is no reason to banish your favorite holiday plant from this holiday season. The poinsettias leaves aren’t too dangerous for your child and pet. However, you can keep them away at a distance from your child and pet.
3. You can use a ladder in daylight:
Several injuries are reported due to falls from the ladder during the festive season. These kinds of injuries are more common.
If you are using a ladder to hang the lights, use it during the day light. Clear away snow and ice before setting it down. Further, never stand higher than the fourth from the top, and don’t try climbing up or down the ladder while carrying anything.
You can place light in some of the items, such as containers. You can lower and raise them with the help of a rope while maintaining contact with the ladder in a three-point position. Make sure you have some of the family members around.
4. You overlook your health:
Additionally, the thing is to look out for the symptoms. With rising temperatures, the risk of heart attacks spikes during the festive season. Moreover, cardiac symptoms are similar to indigestion. Therefore, many overlook it and don’t rush toward emergency during a party.
If you have lived without digestion problems, and now you have it, this could be due to an underlying cardiac issue. The weather is another fact. Rising temperatures, coupled with snow shoveling, are a deadly combination.
Cold conditions slow the blood flow towards the heart by tightening the blood vessels. Thus, when you require increased blood flow, you might suffer an inadequate supply leading to a heart attack.
Holiday heart syndrome is another common symptom characterized by a fast, irregular heartbeat. This is known as atrial fibrillation. It is caused by drinking too much in a short period.
Even doctors can’t be sure of a heart attack on observation. Therefore, when experiencing symptoms, opt for a detailed checkup.
5. Buy a carbon monoxide detector:
No matter what, you should buy a carbon monoxide detector. Fatal CO poisoning increases during the season since heating systems are continuously running. Every year, hospitals witness such incidents. However, a working detector prevents the worst from happening.
6. You leave the stove and candles unattended:
Christmas trees are a fire hazard. Additionally, lit candles are also an essential factor and double up the risk.
Never leave your stoves unattended. And don’t light up candles in an empty room. When you light candles, keep them far from tress and other things that might catch fire. Throw out light sets that are wired up wrongly or torn in between.
7. Opt for car safety during traveling:
The festive season calls you to travel for long hours. It is essential to drive safely during the year, but more important during the season. Get your car serviced before, and carry an emergency tip while traveling.
Keep in mind to decrease the speed when driving in snow or ice. Opt for the journey on clear roadways.
8. Consider innovative technology to protect your home:
In the present day, innovative technology has taken over the world. It has made things more accessible and made you appear as if you are at home while away.
Don’t overshare your plan with everyone, particularly online. Social media is the first place buglers look and decide where to strike next.
9. Clean your chimney beforehand:
Use a flashlight and clean debris, blockages, and flaky creosote deposits. You can use a wire brush and scrub them away. Inspect it beforehand, and clean it during Christmas.
10. Create an emergency plan:
While no one wants to witness an emergency during the festive season, you can opt for a plan beforehand. Make sure the emergency room is clear from any obstacles and ask one of the family members to take charge in an emergency.
Keep a necessary emergency kit during the festive season—food, water, medicines, a first aid kit, a flashlight with an extra battery, and blankets.