As we inch closer to Christmas and New Year’s Eve, law enforcement agents urge people to be cautious about the most common holiday hazards. Being alert and taking precautionary actions will help you and your family to enjoy the holiday season safely, even if you choose to do so in a smaller group of people due to the covid-related restrictions.
Below is a list of the top most important tips you should follow to prevent holiday-related incidents this season.
1- Avoid Food Poisoning, Infections By Following Cooking Safety Steps
Before handling any kind of food, wash your hands with warm water and soap. This is especially important while handling different types of foods such as poultry and vegetables.
Make sure all cutting boards and knives are thoroughly cleaned with warm water and soap after handling raw meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs. Avoid using the same cutting board to handle meats and vegetables to avoid cross contamination.
2- Keep Christmas Decorations Away From Heat Sources
Each year between 2014 and 2018, U.S. fire departments registered an average of 160 home fires associated with Christmas trees. Additionally, an average of 770 home structure fires are caused by decoration-related fires also each year. Because these fires cause millions in damages and injure dozens every year, we must not ignore the risks.
Keeping Christmas decorations away from heat sources such as fireplaces and candles will help prevent house fires. In addition, remember to never leave Christmas lights on at night while everyone is in bed. While most modern string lights are heat resistant, older equipment might heat up over time, increasing the risk of fires.
3- Avoid Buying Toys That Require Lithium Batteries
According to consumer safety experts, toys containing lithium button batteries can expose small children to serious personal injury risk.
Because of the size and shape of the battery, a child may attempt to swallow it. If the battery becomes lodged in the child’s esophagus, the chemicals in the battery may react with the lining of the organ and serious burns may occur. Depending on how long it takes to remove the battery, the reaction may increase in severity.
By following these and other safety tips provided by safety experts, you can rest assured your holiday season will be a fun and safe one.
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