Holiday decorating may be one of your favorite elements of the fall and winter seasons, but it could lead to a trip to the hospital without the right safety measures. To stay safe during the holidays as you deck the halls of your home, follow the guidelines below from Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center.
Clean up before you decorate
To avoid creating any fire hazards with your holiday décor, make sure that your house is clean and free of clutter before putting up a tree and other decorations. You will also want to plan out where to place surge protectors and tape cords down as you plug in lights and other electronic elements of your décor. Planning ahead will allow you to eliminate potential hazards that could result in serious property damage and injuries.
Have a helper nearby
Many decorating tasks are best suited for multiple people, since you will want to have someone to help with heavy lifting and stringing lights across large areas. It may also be more convenient to have someone around to hand you items when you are on a ladder or step stool rather than trying to carry them up the ladder yourself.
Avoid reaching high overhead
You will want to be sure that you have an appropriately sized ladder so that you do not have to reach high above your head to hang decorations and lights, since this position is unstable and could cause you to throw out your back or lose your balance.
Wear appropriate attire
Because decorating can be hard work, you should wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes with tread on the bottom. You’ll want to avoid clothes that are too loose since loose clothing can get tangled in strings of lights or even ignite near candles and stoves.
To stay on top of your health and safety throughout the holiday season, connect with Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center at (702) 880-2700. From preventive care to emergency services, we provide comprehensive medical care for the whole family in Las Vegas.