The National Safety Council (NSC) has a mission — preventing fatal injuries at home. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) also has a mission — preventing injuries due to defective or dangerous consumer products. Each year, the NSC and the CPSC publish holiday safety tips to help Americans have a safe and healthy holiday season. Earlier this week we cautioned about toy safety and the recalled toys on the CPSC site. Additional safety reminders are always good to consider at this time of year. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of injuries each day during this time of year — doing simple things like decorating our homes. Here are five key areas to consider for safer holidays.
Second, decorating can be dangerous if not done carefully. If you are putting up your own house lights, have more than one person there to spot you on a ladder. Make sure to use the proper ladder height carefully placed on level ground. If you are putting decorations up inside your home, do not stand on chairs or furniture. Make sure you either have both feet and one hand on the ladder OR both hands and one foot on the ladder. This will help with balance and keep your body more secure. There are many fatal accidents involving ladders every year in our country.