‘Tis the season for holiday cheers! It is an exciting time of the year where we spend time with family, friends and loved ones. It is also the busiest period for emergency rooms(ER). According to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), as many as 6,000 people are rushed to the ER year due to falls while decorating, the majority of which occur due to unstable ladders.
We know no one plans for an accident, but taking necessary safety precautions and having the right safety gadgets can help avoid or reduce holiday related injuries.
Here are 3 top safety gadgets that will be helpful to have around the house during this joyous season.
1. Fire Extinguishers
This is a must have safety gadget for the house and car. From burnt turkey, greasy oil foods, Christmas trees and lights, candle decorations, bone fire events and the dry cold weather. There are a lot of events that could start a fire in the house. According to the National Fire Protection Association between 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 210 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year and two of every five (38%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den. So having at least 2 fire extinguishers around the house is advised for easy accessibility. Don’t forget to check your fire alarm system in house too.
2. First Aids Kits
It is that time of the year to review and update your first aid kit to catered for the season especially including products that helps with food related issues.Adding Diarrhoea relief, rehydration powders, Tums-Tums, antiseptics wipes, Painkillers, Aloe vera and antibiotic cream will be a good additional to the first aid kit.
3. Safety Locks
There are different things you could do will safety locks this season. If you are expecting visitors or traveling outside your home. Don’t forget to lock windows, doors, cars. Also, child proofing the house you if you are expecting children in your house, locking your medicine cabinets, car locks and don’t forget to keep your valuables out of reach and so on. Safety locks is an important tool in securing children and pets from harmful agents such as prescription medicine or household chemicals.
Planning for the safety and security is time well spent as you wind down 2017 with your loved ones. Have fun and be cautious.