Decorating for the holidays can be fun for the entire family! However, many household items during the holiday season are dangerous and require extra supervision – especially in homes with young children.
Follow these safety tips to keep your holidays Merry, Safe & Injury-free:
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are about 160 holiday decorating-related injuries each day during the holiday season.
During the 2022 holiday season (November 1, 2021 – January 31, 2022), more than 14,000 people were treated in hospital emergency departments due to holiday decorating-related injuries.
Protect young children from burns in the home. Every day, more than 400 children are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries. Unattended cooking is a leading factor in cooking fires and fire-related deaths, in addition to heating and electrical sources around the home.
Falls are the primary cause of injury among older adults. More than one in four adults (age 65 and older) fall each year. Over 40% of holiday decorating-related injuries involve falls.
Be prepared this winter:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) 2022 Calendar Year report for Toy-Related Deaths and Injuries highlights the importance of safety when buying and playing with kids’ toys – even for older children.
In 2022, CPSC reported there were 11 deaths and an estimated 145,500 emergency department-treated (ED) injuries associated with toys for children 12 years and younger.
The majority of deaths reported were attributed to choking or asphyxiation associated with small parts, balls, or balloons.
Among the ED-treated injuries, non-motorized scooters accounted for 35,400 injuries – the largest share of injuries across all age groups. Non-motorized scooters also accounted for one in every 5 toy-related injuries for children 14 years and younger.
Use Precaution & Gift Toys Safely:
The holidays can be stressful. A survey conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) found that 64 percent of individuals living with a mental illness reported that their conditions worsened around the holidays.
Whether due to separation from loved ones, personal grief, the pressures of gift-giving, economic hardship, challenging interactions with family members, or shorter days—this time of year can bring unique behavioral health challenges.
As we approach a holiday season, it is important to remember that it is very common to feel stress. This can worsen symptoms of a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety, or a substance use disorder.
Make yourself a priority:
Offer support to friends, family & others in need:
CO Poisoning is entirely preventable. It is important to protect yourself and your family by learning the symptoms of CO poisoning and how to prevent it from occurring in your home.
CO Poisoning is an illness that occurs from breathing in Carbon Monoxide (CO) gas. Exposure commonly occurs during the winter due to unvented, kerosene, and/or gas fueled space heaters.
CO gas can also leak from appliances that use oil, wood, gas, and/or coal including:
Learn more at HIPRC Burn Safety >>
As you deck the halls this holiday season, Be Firewise! A small fire that spreads to a holiday tree can grow large very quickly.
Each year, electrical distribution and lighting equipment attribute to holiday tree fires. Nearly one in five holiday tree fires are started by lamps or bulbs, and eight percent are started by candles.
Carefully decorating your home can help make your holidays safer!
If you do have a tree leftover from the holidays, give it a new life as wood chips or compost! And, you’ll help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Learn how and where to recycle your holiday tree using King County’s website > > here
Despite the beauty of winter, as temperatures dip it can be uncomfortably cold and dangerous!
Use precaution when heading outdoors to:
Learn more at HIPRC Winter Safety >>
HOLIDAY HAZARDS: Stay Safe & Injury-free this season! (PDF)