5 Tips for a Safe Holiday Season

December 07, 2021

Memorial Staff

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We love the holiday season because it’s such a joyful time. You get to see family and friends you haven’t seen in a while. The aroma of delicious baked goods and spiced treats waft through the air.

With all that cheer and glad tidings, it’s hard to believe the holidays also means being aware of safety hazards unique to this time of year. Below are five holiday tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.

1. Keep Christmas Trees Away From Anything Flammable

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Whether you’re using a natural or artificial tree, keep it away from fireplaces, radiators, lit candles, or other heat sources. Turn off all lights on trees and decorations when you go to bed or leave your home.

2. Don’t Overuse Extension Cords

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Use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord. Unplug extension cords when not in use.

3. Use the Right Equipment for the Job

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When putting up holiday decorations, always use the proper ladder or stool to reach high places. Never stand on a chair, desk or other furniture.

4. Eat to Live, Don’t Live to Eat

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Mashed potatoes and glazed ham and pumpkin pie, oh my! Eating deliciously rich foods is what makes the holidays so special. Just be sure to include fruits and vegetables as a healthy alternative for snacks, appetizers and side dishes.

Check out these #HealthyWithMemorial recipes for delicious and nutritious meal and beverage ideas.

5. Don't Drink and Drive

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Partaking in alcoholic beverages during the holidays can put you in a festive mood. However, make sure you drink responsibly by hiring a car service or using a designated driver to prevent accidents.