20 Safety Tips for the Holiday Season
Because the holiday season can be quite busy the First Aid Canada team thought it would be a great idea to give you a quick list of 20 safety tips to keep in mind this holiday season:
- Keep decorations away from fire hazards such as heaters and wood stoves.
- Decorate your tree with children and pets in mind – keep smaller, breakable items at the top of the tree.
- Remember to turn off lights when leaving the home.
- Have a fully stocked First Aid Kit in the home.
- Consider an AED for the home. Check out our blog to learn more, here.
- Never leave cooking food unattended on the stove.
- Shovel the snow from your walkway and driveway as soon as it arrives.
- Salt your walkway and driveway to avoid slippery situations.
- Be sure you do not have any signs or symptoms of Cardiac Arrest before shovelling snow.
- Bundle up and wear appropriate footwear to avoid Frostbite & Hypothermia.
- Keep wet clothing away from the heaters to avoid potential fire hazards.
- Always hike, ski, snowboard or snowshoe with buddy.
- Be sure to take proper precautions before skating on frozen bodies of water.
- Never connect more than three strands of lights as this can cause a fuse to blow and/or a fire.
- If you have a tree be sure to water it daily as a dry tree can become hazardous.
- Check all of your decorations for a certification label dictating quality and safety.
- Keep conscious of all candles lit in the home and be sure to extinguish them before bed.
- Do not overload electrical outlets.
- Expect the unexpected on the road as icy conditions can be very dangerous.
- Be sure to equip your vehicle with a Vehicle Distress Kit.
Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy end of 2016.