December 4, 2014

epic-news-holiday-safety-tips-family-special-needs-1Along with the joy and festivities of the holiday season come many potential dangers that are often overlooked. What can you do to keep your loved ones safe?

Our nursing team in Fort Worth, Texas, shares the following tips.

Food Safety

  • Wash hands, cookware, surfaces, raw fruits and vegetables often.
  • Fully cook foods to appropriate temperatures.
  • Do not leave food that requires refrigeration out longer than two hours.
  • Keep raw meat, eggs, poultry and seafood away from previously cooked food.
  • Do not leave hot items close to edges of tables or counter tops.

Fire Safety

  • Do not overload electrical circuits found outside or inside.
  • Unplug all Christmas lights before going to bed.
  • Obtain a professional inspection of the fireplace annually.
  • Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors monthly.
  • Never leave candles or fireplaces unattended.
  • If you purchase an artificial tree, ensure it is fire resistant.
  • Keep Christmas trees away from fireplace or portable heaters.
  • Make sure all bulbs work, no broken sockets, or frayed wires before setting lights.

Toy Safety

  • Purchase age appropriate toys.
  • If a child is under 10 years old, buy battery operated toys instead of toys requiring an electrical outlet to avoid electrical shocks.
  • Do not allow children under eight years old to play with balloons due to the choking hazard possible if the balloon is deflated or broken.
  • Avoid pulls toys with strings longer than 12 inches due to strangulation hazard.
  • Do not allow any parts of toys to be smaller than two inches in length and one inch in diameter for children under three years old.

Poison Prevention

Keep the following common holiday items away from children to prevent possible poisoning:

  • Mistletoe
  • Holly
  • Poinsettias
  • Jerusalem cherry plants
  • Alcohol
  • Bubble lights

For more holiday health and safety tips, visit the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.