Archive for December, 2011

Holiday Season Safety Tips

Monday, December 5th, 2011 by admin

 

More than 80,000 people a year need hospital treatment for injuries such as falls, cuts and burns during the holiday season.

The holiday season is a time of joy when friends and family members come together to celebrate. However, large crowds, gifts, decorations and alcohol can be the perfect recipe for disaster at home. That is why we have compiled these safety tips so that you can enjoy a happy and safe celebration.

A Safer Kitchen: 

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    • Use step stools/ ladders that have a rubber surface on each step to prevent falling 
    • Place anti-slip mats in front of the sink that are securely anchored to the floor
    • Place a small table in the kitchen to allow for easy access when performing cooking activities 
    • Place a chair in the kitchen to allow for frequent rest breaks  
    • Use oven mitts with rubber tips on them to prevent dropping hot objects
    • Use an adjustable stove top guard to prevent burns
    • Use a timer as a reminder to turn off the stove 

 

Safe and Easy Holiday Decorating:  

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    • Buy pre-lit trees  
    • Fasten loose electric wires to walls
    • Remove or firmly anchor area rugs to the floor
    • Use automatic light timers to avoid leaving lights on. They are available for both indoors and outdoors. 
    • Roll up excess electrical cords and keep them away from high traffic areas. Do not run electrical cords under rugs.
    • Never keep an extension cord plugged in when it is not in use.
    • Inspect holiday lights and extension cords before decorating. Replace any that are fraying or damaged.
    • Use shatter-proof ornaments 

Please take a moment to click the link below and watch video.

Holiday decorating hazards

By

Miller Calberto, MS, OTR/L, CAPS
Senior partner
Adapting Spaces, LLC
mcalbertotr@adaptingspaces.com
1888-956-0077