Many enjoy the festivities of the holidays by decorating. However, it is important to take safety into account when decorating. In 2012, over 15,000 injuries were reported from holiday decoration. By taking some necessary precautions, these injuries could be avoided.
Whether it be at home or in the office, it is important to observe safety practices throughout the year. Specifically, even though it may seem harmless, many decorations used can harm children, adults, and pets. Understandably some decorations are part of traditions, but this holiday, make sure those items are safe to use. Keep safety in mind when decorating with these items:
- Angel Hair – Made from spun glass, angel hair is often used to trim trees but can be an irritant to eyes and skin. If using angel hair make sure to wear gloves or better yet, substitute a softer, non-flammable cotton product.
- Artificial Snow – Used to decorate around the house, spraying fake snow can irritate the lungs if inhaled. When spraying artificial snow, make sure to follow directions carefully and wear a mask if needed.
- Ornaments – Decorate the tree or your home with kids and pets in mind. If using ornaments that are breakable, glass, or have metal hoods, move towards the top of the tree.
- Lights – Do not use lights that have exposed or frayed wires, loose connections, or broken sockets, to avoid the potential for a fire. Lights are among the best part of holiday decorating, so make sure to use them safely.
- Plants – Many like to decorate with live plants, but it is important to keep those that may be poisonous out of reach of children or pets. These plants include Poinsettias, Mistletoe, Holly, Amaryllis, Daffodils, and Lilies, all which are toxic in some shape or form.
When decorating, make sure to use a proper step ladder, and do not stand on a chair or other furniture, to avoid the risk of falling and causing injury. Also keeps a clear path to avoid tripping and falling on decorations, wrapping paper, toys, etc.
The National Safety Council outlines, in their “12 Days of Safety”, tips for those celebrating to follow while decorating, cooking, and traveling. Check out the infographic here.
In addition to holiday decorating, remember to observe fire safety. December is the peak time of year for home fires, often caused by cooking, Christmas trees, or open flame candles. Remember to choose artificial trees, wreaths, and garlands that are marked fire resistant. If using a natural tree, water it well. More fire safety tips can be found here at Danella.com/news.
We wish everyone a safe and peaceful holiday season and New Year.