The holiday season is here and that means office parties, decorations, and lots of food to go around. All of these things remind us that it’s time to relax and be grateful for what we have. Every year though, accidents happen and the fun is ruined by falls, fires, and accidents while traveling to our family and friends.
When there are more people on the roads, more accidents happen. When you’re trying to cook for more people than usual, more kitchen fires happen. And after putting up and taking down decorations year after year, they begin to wear out and can pose serious threats. Keep the following in mind as you begin to get your homes and offices ready for the season.
Holiday Safety Topics and Tips
Tis the season for cozy fires, scented candles, comfort food, and pretty decorations. That might sound like an ideal scene to be in, but all of the traditional holiday festivities come with innate risks.
Candles are always a nice touch to create a warm and inviting atmosphere, but if they’re placed next to trees, in a wreath, or other quickly flammable material, they can go from inviting to scary in seconds.
Plants have become very popular in the last few years. Many of them can be poisonous to pets and small children. A very popular, and a very poisonous, holiday plant is poinsettias. If you bring them into the office, make sure they are placed where the office dog can’t nibble on it.
Decorations are usually the best way to display holiday cheer. If you string lights, make sure to check for fraying and any other damage. Damaged electrical cords, pose fire and electrocution hazards. This holds true for all office equipment with electrical cords.
These tips and more can be seen in the “12 Days of Safety” graphic below, which is created by the National Safety Council, a great resource for year-round safety topics.
Every holiday season, we take time to bring up these safety concerns and how to avoid dangerous situations. For more resources, check out our blog post Business Security Resources For The Holiday Season.