It’s that time of year again, where we hang up our ornaments and twinkling lights, plug in our inflatable reindeer and compete with the Clark Griswold of the neighborhood for the best holiday decorations.Yep, it’s Christmas season.

With the excitement that comes with decorating for the holidays, we have to also be mindful that we are decorating with safety in mind. If we have family members that are elderly or prone to falling, Christmas decorations can create an additional hazard for them, leaving unwanted incidents to occur. Keep these safety tips in mind when decking the halls this Christmas season.

1.    Examine lights before hanging them to check damages

It’s important that you keep any potential lighting hazards at bay by testing out your lights before decorating your house with them. Issues like frayed writes, burnt out bulbs and loose connections can bring up safety concerns for you and your family. To avoid any electrical hazards, the following steps should be taken:

  • Fasten outdoor lights securely to firm supports like trees and house walls to avoid any loose cables dragging on the ground. You can fasten lights by using insulated staples.
  • Check the certification on your lights to ensure they are safe for outdoor use.
  • Examine extension cords for any damage and if they are damaged, replace them.
  • Plug lights into protected circuits that keep you safe from electric shock.

 2.    Practice ladder safety

According to a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission an average of 240 injuries daily result from hanging up Christmas decorations during the holiday season. To avoid being another statistic, practicing good ladder safety is key.

  • Balance your ladder on even ground.
  • Wear the right shoes with slip-resistant soles.
  • Use your ladder in daylight and avoid hanging decorations at night

If you have a member of your family that insists on helping with low-level decorations but is prone to falling, give them the assistance they need to still feel involved in the decorating festivities. Drive Medical’s FootStool with Handrail is a great way for these family members to gain the extra support they need while helping, providing additional safety and ease of use.

 

3.    Avoid blocking emergency exits and essential doorways in your home with decorations

The holiday decorations don’t always stay just outside. If you are sprucing your home up a bit with some Christmas joy, make sure that you are not blocking any exits needed in case of any emergency. For instance, if you have a large Christmas tree in your living room, ensure you have enough space to make it to a back door or hallway in case you need a fast exit from the room in the case of an emergency (or maybe some chatty relatives!).

Keeping more open space in your home with your Christmas decorations will also allow those who have trouble walking to move around with ease and enjoy the decorations. Drive Medical’s Folding Cane with Glow in the Dark Handle lets those with walking difficulties gain some extra mobility. With the silicone gel glow handle, they might even be able to walk a bit outside and enjoy the outdoor décor.

 

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