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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.


Life is Precious. Be Prepared.