Holiday Safety Tips for Your Home and Travel

Holiday Safety Tips for Your Home and Travel

As we move into the winter months, many will be traveling to see loved ones or hosting friends and family during the holiday season. While this time of year is full of celebrations, popular holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas can present potential danger for those on the roads and at home.

Fortunately, there are simple safety precautions you can take to keep your family safe. Here are some of our top holiday safety tips.

Tip #1: Celebrate a Fire-safe Holiday Season

Between decorating and cooking for various holidays, there’s ample opportunity for accidental fires —leading to burn injuries and property damage.

Use these fire safety tips to reduce potential fire hazards throughout the holiday season:

Additionally, the National Fire Protection Association has many resources related to fire causes and risks.

Tip#2: Make Food Safety a Priority During the Holidays

Good food goes hand-in-hand with good company during holiday celebrations. And good food starts with safe preparation and ends with proper leftover storage to reduce the potential for food poisoning and other safety concerns.

Consider these simple tips for handling food safely:

Don’t forget to consider the eating abilities of young children when preparing their holiday food. Foods like grapes, hot dogs, raw vegetables, etc. should be cut into age-appropriate sizes to reduce choking hazards.

Tip #3: Stay Safe on the Roads

If you’re traveling by car during the holidays, you’re at greater risk of injury or fatality than other forms of transportation. You might encounter weather hazards, increased traffic on the roads, and distracted or impaired drivers along your route.

So, it’s important to take road safety steps, such as:

You can find additional transportation safety tips through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Tip #4: Take the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Seriously

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a real risk all-year long. However, during the holiday months, people might unintentionally put themselves in harms way when trying to heat their home or vehicle.

Protect your family by installing carbon monoxide detectors (as well as smoke alarms) in your home. Additionally, use this “don’t” list for carbon monoxide precautions:

Keep in mind that carbon monoxide is a “silent killer” as it is odorless and colorless.

Tip #5: Be Prepared to Help Family Members and Friends with CPR, AED, and First Aid Training

One of the best ways to be prepared for the winter holidays is to brush up on your CPR, AED, and First Aid knowledge.

Nearly 1,000 people experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) each day in the United States alone. In most cases, these cardiac arrest emergencies happen in a home or residence setting.

Here are some additional sudden cardiac arrest statistics for reference:

All this to say, you could be called into action to save the life of a loved one during the holiday season.

Do you feel prepared to respond to a cardiac arrest or other emergency situation? If your immediate answer isn’t yes, we recommend taking a CPR, AED and First Aid training class near you to learn basic lifesaving skills in preparation for the busy holidays.

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