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How to Have a Safe Christmas

By Edited Sep 11, 2016 1 2

As a joyous holiday nestled comfortably at the tail end of each year (between the glutenous Thanksgiving feast and the New Year), the many festivities of Christmas are not without their own seasonally exclusive safety hazards and risks. With such a gathering of family and friends, Christmas and the days leading up to it should be approached with a strong sense of caution and regard. From engaging in the plethora of Christmas time decoration rituals, to navigating the harsh winter cold and accompanying precipitation (assuming you don't live in a warm place like the Bahamas or Puerto Rico, that is near the Equator), the very activities and traditions that we engage in around this time can be the very source of great danger and hazard.

Follow the steps put forth in this Info Barrel article to learn how you can best take the steps necessary in order to have a safe Christmas holiday.

Things You Will Need

Gloves
Liquid Defrosting Agent
Windshield Scraper

Step 1

With Christmas tree selection, extraction, decoration, and enjoyment being among some of the most prevalent activities surrounding this hallmark of Christmas celebration, one should always be aware of the potential risks associated with this time. While you won't have this problem with an artificial tree, carrying your tree from the tree farm can cause the rough nature of the tree to rub brutally against your hands. For this reason, any family member (as well as yourself) who helps carry your Christmas tree should be sure to wear some form of safety gloves. Trees can become very heavy, and at a Christmas tree farm, you'll typically be expected to utilize your available resources to carry the tree by yourself.

When lifting, in order prevent back injuries, you should do so cautiously and encourage your helping family members to do the same. With boxes of decorations throughout your attic, it will be increasingly beneficial to exercise caution wherever there may be heavy or unusual objects to lift.

Step 2

Once properly positioned in its Christmas tree stand, you should be very aware of the fact that trees, by their very nature, are flammable. As such, consideration should be taken not to place your tree where it could easily catch on fire. Even with the vibrant seasonal aroma of candles, they should still be lit away from your Christmas tree. If your candle must be lit in the same room, be sure that it is situated as far away from your tree as possible. With typically a single flame and inviting fragrance, candles can be a very sneaky culprit that leads to tree fires to several hundred US families each year. Other locations to avoid positioning your tree near include fireplaces, baseboard heaters, and electronic appliances.

Step 3

Dependent upon where you live, cold weather may or may not be a factor to consider when the topic of Christmas safety comes up. If you live in a cold northern state, be sure that you balance time spent inside to time spent outside. For your children, extended exposure to cold elements outside should be limited so as to not incur a cold weather injury such as frost bit or chill blain. By frequently watching the weather channel, you can stay abreast of the weather conditions well in advance of them actually happening. While weather is naturally subject to change, the Weather Channel is generally accurate and they oftentimes do a fairly decent job at predicting snowfall and cold weather. Be sure to plan accordingly based on the prospective trends they convey.

Step 4

External to your house, the winter season can bestow upon us a great deal of snow and ice. Before leaving your house, be sure to effectively defrost your car's windows. While it may be very tempting to expedite your departure from your home before all the frost and ice on your windows have been cleared, be sure that you do not succumb to this temptation. Before leaving anywhere, you should use a combination of your car's internal heating system, liquid defrosting spray agents, and ice scrapers in order to ensure that any remainder of ice or frost is removed. Even if you are in a rush to get to work, these very things should be addressed thoroughly and completely.

Step 5

On Christmas, and all throughout the winter holiday season, it will definitely not be uncommon for people to be outside traveling on roads and highways. Speed limits are posted for a reason and should be followed accordingly. While you may certainly drive under the speed limit, you can greatly increase your likelihood of a serious action if you begin exceeding and deviating from those posted speed limits. With the joy and excitement of the holidays upon us, be sure that you exercise proper caution while driving. Instead of outright challenging a semi-pick up try, err on the side of caution by decelerating and moving into the right hand lane. Because of the prevalence of accidents at this time, it will pay dividends by encouraging your family to remain cautious. In the heat of the moment, one can easily make a rash decision that could forever change their lives.

Step 6

If spiked egg nog is your holiday beverage of choice, be sure that any Christmas party you attend is accompanied by proper planning. Rather than be faced with the decision in the heat of the moment, be sure that a designated driver is selected prior to even going to a party. While some people correctly choose not to go anywhere the night of a party after heavy drinking, residual drunk driving still occurs quite frequently. This means that, even though you may have stayed the night at a friends house while thinking that the alcohol was completely metabolized and cleared from your system, it may still be present the next morning. In this case, your intentions may have been right although you would still be classified as driving under the influence. For teachers, government officials, or a variety of other professions, the presence of a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) can significantly alter your life plans.

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Comments

Nov 11, 2010 8:35am
dreamaker
Great article on an important subject. Thumbs up
Nov 12, 2010 12:15am
Herschy
Nice article.
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