Often, in the bustle of the holiday season, people don’t exercise the caution they might during less hectic months. When you’re stringing lights and hanging wreaths we want you to have a safe and joyful season. There are so many activities to enjoy and nobody wants to add a visit to the emergency room for broken bones, sore joints, or back pain resulting from a fall.
How to Prevent Falls
In fact, studies have shown that there are approximately 250 injuries a day during November and December. And, more than one-third of those which are most frequently reported involve falls. Therefore, here are some great tips on how to safely deck your halls.
Make sure to clear decorations, gift boxes, and other trip hazard items out of the way. And leave plenty of space to walk safely.
When putting up holiday decorations, lights, and trees. Always position the ladder close to the work area. So, you don’t lose your balance.
Never stand on furniture. Instead, use a step stool or utility ladder to reach that little bit higher.
Make sure the ladder you use is secure. And the rungs or steps are dry and free of dirt.
Always set your ladder on a level, firm surface. Beware of uneven flooring or ground, or soft muddy areas.
Avoid back strains and falls by getting help when moving heavy items.
Remember to alert others in the household when rearranging furniture. It’s easy to forget and trip over items in what was previously open space.
Use extension ladders outdoors to reach higher areas, such as roofs.
Remember to check your ladder’s maximum load capacity and never exceed it.
Secure all rugs with slip-resistant backing or double-sided tape.
During holiday gatherings, clean up spills quickly to avoid slips.
Don’t DUI (decorate under the influence). Save the celebration for when you are done.
Use these 12 safety tips to keep the holidays as a time to enjoy the company of family and friends. Rather than disrupting the joy of the season with an avoidable injury. It’s the perfect time to celebrate, be grateful, and appreciate the gift of health.