With the holidays quickly approaching it can be a busy time of year for families. There are decorations to put up, trees to trim, yummy food to make and parties to attend.
With the holidays quickly approaching it can be a busy time of year for families. There are decorations to put up, trees to trim, yummy food to make and parties to attend. Unfortunately, it can also be the most dangerous time of the year. According to safetyathome.com every minute 17 children go to the emergency room with unintentional injuries. That's 9.2 million accidents that don't have to happen every year. The majority of these accidents happen during the holiday season.
According to the American Red Cross:
- Nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries and costing $554 million in property damage.
- On average, one of every 22 home fires started by Christmas trees result in death.
- Candle fires are four times as likely to occur during the winter holidays.
- During the winter holiday season, an average of 40 home fires per day are caused by children playing.
To stay safe during this holiday season remember these tips from the American Red Cross:
- Having a working smoke alarm reduces one's chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.
- Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
- Purchase flame retardant metallic or artificial trees. If you purchase a real tree, make sure that it has fresh, green needles that aren't easily broken. Keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water.
- Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.
- Keep anything that can catch on fire-pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains-away from your stove top.
For more information about safety during the holiday season visit www.redcross.org/homefires.