It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Can you feel all of the joy in the air as we approach the end of the current year with a focus on merriment and family and look forward to new beginnings just a short time away? One of the foundations of the holiday season is setting up the house with festive decor. Honestly, who does not love a beautiful Christmas tree hung with lights and ornaments representing years gone by? We may not experience the exceptional cold and snow of our Northern friends, but this does not stop any of use on the Space Coast from pulling out all the holiday time decorating stops. Decorating even has positive mental health benefits. This is especially true for the elderly population. As families grow and become spread across the nation, even the world, it is challenging to include everyone. Homebound seniors often experience depression during the holidays so adding decorations may be a great way to circumvent the negative feelings by conjuring images of past times with family and close friends. We are all about relishing the season at Champion Home Health Care. We celebrate seniors in Melbourne, FL all year long, providing everything from skilled nursing care to medication management. We know the joy of holiday decorations can also be dangerous. Let’s look closer at how to keep the holidays safe AND joyous this year.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, Christmas décor can be a potential fire hazard. It is important to be aware of the risk so that you can protect those you love. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission notes a steady rise in emergency room visits due to holiday decoration injuries since the year 2009. In 2012 alone, it is estimated that 15,000 people made a trip to the ER for this very thing. Let’s commit to keeping everyone safe this year by following these steps.
Be Careful with Christmas Trees
A live Christmas tree is simply bliss. The smell and the nostalgia it often represents are remarkable. However, live trees can be a big fire risk if the proper precautions are not taken. First, make sure it is well-watered at all times. A dry tree is a fodder for fire. Make sure you place your tree away from any heat source such as a fireplace or space heater as well. If you do not want to deal with the potential issues a live tree can bring, go for a flame-resistant model that you can use year after year. They won’t guarantee a fire will not occur, but the risk is substantially lower.
Check the Cords
It is easy to assume that all the wiring and cords for your electrical decorations are safe and intact, after all, you only use them once a year. However, after months of storage and use over time, frays can occur and this creates a breeding ground for electrical fires. Check all cords BEFORE you plug them in.
Don’t Overdo Outlets
It is tempting to max out all of your electrical outlets in an attempt to create a delightful look. But don’t. Do not overextend your outlets of extension cords.
Candles create such a peaceful mood and are a gorgeous way to highlight your décor. However, they can lead to disaster. If you cannot keep an eye out on your burning flames, try battery operated candles instead. They still give off a peaceful glow but you do not have to worry about the open flame.