Christmas time is here, and while we’re sure there’s bound to be plenty of happiness and cheer, there’s also a few major things you and your family should be aware of this holiday season. We’re all about spreading joy to the world, but we always want to make sure to emphasize safety. Christmas evokes the image of a comforting home environment, including the soft glow of holiday lights, warm fuzzy blankets and maybe even a cup of hot chocolate. However, in some households, decorating for the Christmas holiday can be cause for concern. In order to have a safe and smooth holiday, we’ve rounded up some tips to help keep things worry-free.
According to USA Today, although the holiday season is the perfect time for fun and games, there are also a series of traditions that might make you think twice this Christmas. For example, a recent study in Advances in Integrative Medicine found that over two hundred children had an accident with Santa between the years of 2007 and 2016. Some major examples included children who fell off of Santa's lap, and were subsequently injured, while others actually got hurt from fleeing Santa's presence, scared out of their wits. Researchers encourage families to stay cautious and be aware during the holiday season. If your child seems to be alarmed by Santa, make sure to take things slow and be as patient as possible. In order to avoid any potential injuries, stay calm, and try to be reassuring instead of overly reactive. Sometimes, a few words of encouragement can go a long way.
For some, one of the most exciting aspects of Christmas is giving gifts to loved ones. Not to be a Negative Nancy, but as a general reminder, it is advised to stay cautious when opening certain gifts this time of year. According to Quartz, one of the most common Christmas related injuries is actually from opening presents. For instance, one prime example is unwrapping gifts with knives or scissors. If you have a household with toddlers, you're undoubtedly aware of the hazards of this one, but even for teens and adults, it's important to take caution. Remind family members that there's simply no rush to open anything and that the gift will still be waiting for them, even when they take a little longer than expected to open it.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has an important message for families this year, and it's directly related to one of the biggest holiday traditions out there—your Christmas tree. A new report notes that over two hundred decorating injuries take place every single day, and possible fires are an extreme cause for concern. Be sure to place your tree away from vents and fireplaces, and get help keeping the tree watered daily. In order to avoid additional risk of a possible fire, remind family members to blow out candles after use, and keep them far out of reach from toddlers and pets. In closing, researchers also recommend that decorations can be some of the scariest items on this list. A brand new box of shiny ornaments is a beautiful sight to see, but be sure to extra cautious when selecting the right style. If you have a young child, opt for shatterproof decorations that won't cause as much concern. From our family to yours, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!