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Holiday safety is an issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January, when families gather, parties are scheduled and travel spikes. Take some basic precautions to ensure your family remains safe and injury-free throughout the season.
Many people choose to travel during the holidays by automobile, with the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation. In 2015, 355 people died on New Year's Day, 386 on Thanksgiving Day and 273 on Christmas Day, according to
Injury Facts 2017. Alcohol-impaired fatalities represent about one-third of the totals.
Decorating is one of the best ways to get in a holiday mood, but emergency rooms see thousands of injuries involving holiday decorating every season.
We've all heard it's important when choosing toys for infants or small children to avoid
small parts that might prove to be a choking hazard. Here are some additional gift-related safety tips:
Thousands of deaths are caused by fires, burns and other fire-related injuries every year, and 12% of home candle fires occur in December, the National Fire Protection Association reports. Increased use of candles and fireplaces, combined with an increase in the amount of combustible, seasonal decorations present in many homes means more risk for fire.
While many subscribe to the theory any fried food is good – even if it's not necessarily good for you – there is reason to be on alert if you're thinking of celebrating the holidays by frying a turkey.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports there have been 168 turkey-fryer related fires, burns, explosions or carbon monoxide poisoning incidents since 2002. CPSC says
672 people have been injured and $8 million in property damage losses have resulted from these incidents.
NSC discourages the use of turkey fryers at home and urges those who prefer fried turkey to seek out professional establishments or consider a new oil-less turkey fryer.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides some
holiday food safety tips. Here are a few:
A message from Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)
Injuries and deaths from button batteries has increased ninefold.
This Consumer Product Safety Commission video demonstrates the risks of frying a turkey in oil.
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When guests come to visit, make sure all medications are put away and out of sight. More than half of people who misuse pain relievers get them from a friend or family member.
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