Holidays should be spent among family and friends, not in the emergency room.

Though the holidays are a time for giving and spending time with loved ones, they can sometimes be a little hectic. Between decorating, cooking, cleaning and traveling, people tend to get a little frantic from Thanksgiving to New Years.

In Florida especially, the holidays can be a very busy time. Due to it’s vacation status and destination as a winter retreat, Florida sees a strong spike in numbers on the road as more people come into the state.

Ho, Ho, Holiday Safety

Despite the hustle and bustle of the season, people should still consider holiday safety practices.

Holiday safety may not be in the forefront of everyone’s mind, but the fact is, knowing and remembering common safety tips can keep you and your family safe.

Decorate Safely

People go to great lengths to decorate their home for the holidays, some even get downright dangerous (think Clark Griswold). In 2012, the National Safety Council (NSC) reported 15,000 injuries related to holiday decorating.

Here are some holiday safety decorating tips:

  • Use a step-ladder to reach high areas, don’t stand on chairs or tables
  • Make sure hanging lights are clear of an frayed or worn wires or exposed connections
  • Keep decorations out of household pathways

Safe Shopping for Kids

Getting a gift for a small child or infant? Consider these holiday safety tips for gift-giving:

  • Avoid toys with small, removable parts
  • Be aware of toys with removable batteries
  • Find out which toys have been recalled

Fire Hazards

Fire hazards are an important holiday safety risk. According to a National Fire Protection Association report, 12% of candle fires in the home occur in December.

Here are some fire risks to know for the holidays:

  • Never leaving burning candles unattended
  • Don’t burn candles near the Christmas tree
  • Never leave tree lights on over night or unattended

Safe Holiday Travel

Many people travel for the holidays. Whether to visit family or just vacation, thousands of people hit the roads each holiday season.

With so many people on the roads and at major transit centers, holiday travel safety becomes especially important.

  • Never drink and drive
  • Make sure everyone in vehicle is safely secured inside vehicle
  • Keep eyes on the road, distracted driving can be even more dangerous on busy roads
  • Be prepared for heavy traffic and prepare for changing weather conditions

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season

At Wolfe Law, we believe that practicing holiday safety is important. If you want to learn more holiday safety tips, visit the NSC website.