Did you know every year, an average of 350 folks are injured by broken holiday lights and candles resulting in roughly 10 deaths? Statistics also reveal that almost 13,000 people spend Christmas at the hospital as a result of holiday-related accidents (via HuffPost). That’s no way to celebrate the Christmas season! Luckily, holiday hazards are not inevitable. Here are a few tips to prevent accidents in your home during the holidays.
You may recall reading our How to Host Thanksgiving article. If you plan on hosting Christmas dinner in your new home, the same safety tips apply:
- Unplug appliances when they are not in use. Loose cords may cause people to trip, knock things off the counter, or even cause electrocution if near standing water.
- Do not leave the kitchen unattended! More importantly, do not leave the house unattended. It can be tempting to head outside and join the family football game, but a stove or oven left unattended is a fire waiting to happen.
- If somebody does get burned by a hot plate, and the skin is not broken, soak in cool water and cover the burn with a dry, clean bandage. If a guest requires medical attention, a standard homeowner or renter’s policy has guest medical and liability coverage to pay for medical expenses and protect you if someone is hurt on your property and holds you liable for injuries.
Holiday Safety Tips & Accident Prevention
According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Protection Association), fires caused by Christmas trees have caused over $17.5 million in direct property damage between 2009 – 2013. That’s roughly 240 Christmas trees catching on fire each year. Christmas lights, frayed wires and other holiday decorations also account for quite a bit of property damage and bodily injury. You might consider putting LED lights on your Christmas tree, since LED lights don’t get hot and last much longer than traditional lights. Check out the infographic below to learn some Christmas safety tips:
In addition, be sure to put new batteries in your smoke alarm should you miss one of the steps above! If you want to review your insurance policies to make sure you, your family and guests are protected over the holidays, give me a call! Have a very merry Christmas!