The holidays are a time of lots of fun and activity in the average household. It is a time when most people are out of their regular daily routine hosting family gatherings and celebrating with friends and neighbors. Accidents are more prone to happen with all the hustle and bustle, so homeowners must make additional efforts to keep family members, guests, and pets as safe as possible.
During this busy time of year and it’s easy to get distracted with holiday shopping, parties, and gatherings, But it’s essential to take a few minutes to think about home water safety. You can take simple steps to help protect your family from water-related accidents.
Following a few basic guidelines can implement the layers of protection needed to prevent accidental drowning. First, ensure your home has good safety features, such as fencing around pools and hot tubs and alarms on doors leading to the pool area.
Second, never leave young children unattended near water, not even for a minute. Keep a close eye on them whenever they’re around water, including baths, pools, lakes, and even puddles.
Remember that ages and stages make a huge difference in home and water safety, so consider them when prepping your home for the upcoming festivities because minor details can make a huge difference.
Here are a few basic precautions to ensure you and yours remain injury-free throughout the season.
- Make a quick list of local emergency numbers to keep on hand and make copies for friends and family visiting.
- When cooking, set timers and always be attentive to what is on the stove to avoid fires.
- Child safety should be delegated to someone who can actively supervise them without distractions. Hosts need to learn to “pass the baton” and make sure there is always someone watching the kids.
- Walk your guests through your home and property and point out the layers of protection in place, explaining what to look for to ensure everyone is safe.
- If you have open water areas on your property, set the rules for where kids can go without an adult and be sure everyone is aware of them.
- Designated watchers can play games to keep kids busy and occupied. Find fun ways to distract them so they don’t go out and seek entertainment on their own.
- Use LED lights when decorating your home. They don’t get as hot as regular ones, which means your tree won’t dry out so quickly and become a more significant fire hazard.
- Got a Christmas tree? Make sure to water it every day to prevent early dryness.
- Watch candle placements in your home, and be sure they are far from curtains and not within reach of kids and pets. Be aware that they don’t burn down too low and crack the glass that encases them or that they burn the surface on which they are placed.
- Write a family newsletter and send it out before house guests arrive. Go over it together and ensure the inherent safety message is well received. A newsletter is also a great way to give family members information that they all should have, such as emergency numbers, the exact address where they are staying, and any emergency plan you may have.
- Make an action plan to get through an emergency that details which you will call and where you will go.
- If the worst situation happens, be ready by knowing exactly where you are and where the nearest hospital is. Try to stay calm during the emergency, call 911 and listen attentively to any instructions the operator might give you.
- Learn CPR and ensure other family members and guests have this life-saving skill.
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