By Mary Ann Contreras, RN
Trauma services/injury prevention coordinator
It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but as we get busy cooking, shopping and socializing, it’s important to remember that December can bring holiday traditions that can require extra precautions.
Here are some tips to make sure the holidays are safe and fun for you, your neighbors and loved ones.
- When a winter ice storm hits, keep your walkway salted and clear and do the same for your elderly neighbors. Consider staying home instead of driving on slick roads during bad weather.
- Don’t forget about any elderly neighbors. Pay them a visit and double check that their heating system is working. Take a moment to sit with them, perhaps to listen to their stories about Christmases past. If it is cold outside, bring their newspaper and mail indoors for them.
- Be mindful of young guests in your home. Poinsettias can be toxic. Christmas trees can easily topple and injure children. Small toys can find their way into a toddler’s mouth, a choking hazard.
- Dogs and chocolate don’t mix. Keep such treats away from our canine pals.
- Gifts of shiny bikes, scooters, skateboards and roller blades should all come with helmets for the recipients. And please, make sure they wear the helmets!
- Finally, while you are out and about looking at the holiday lights displays and decorations, remember to have everyone in the vehicle buckle up. A seat belt is always the best defense in case of a collision with an impaired driver.