As holiday season grows close, it is important to think of safety along with fun. Be sure to remember these following safety tips as you prepare for the season, and it is certain to stay bright and merry.
As you hang lights and decorations, it is important to avoid falls. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests some ladder safety tips:
- Set the ladder on a firm, level surface
- Keep the bottom of the ladder one foot away from the wall for every four feet of height
- Use the right-sized ladder for the job; step stools or utility ladders should be used for low to medium heights and extension ladders for outdoors
- When standing on a ladder, be careful when pushing, pulling, or handling the materials you are working with
- Always position the ladder close to your work area to reduce the risk of losing your balance. Do not lean over too far. Climb down and reposition the ladder instead
- Never sit on a ladder’s top shelf or step because it is not designed to hold your weight.
- When you climb the ladder, face the rungs and use them to climb, instead of the side rails, and keep your hips between the side rails
- Maintain three points of contact on the ladder at all times, whether two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand
The main decoration – your tree – also requires some attention. When you first put in the tree, cut about two inches off the trunk and put the tree in a sturdy, water-holding stand. Maintain the full level of water in the stand so the tree does not dry out quickly, which can create a fire hazard. Put your tree far from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources, and position your tree so it does not block foot traffic or doorways.
In the Kitchen
When making your holiday meal, remember to wash your hands, utensils, sink, and anything else that may have touched raw meat. Be sure to only defrost food in the refrigerator, in cold water or in the microwave, and not at room temperature.
Always remember that a stuffed bird takes longer to prepare, so allow enough time for it to cook before serving.