Twenty important safety measures every parent must observe this Yuletide season

Thinking about Christmas is also thinking about your safety and to take it seriously.

Enjoying the holidays is important, but keeping in mind that bad things still happen to good people, even during Christmas, is a wise move. Keeping sensible during the holidays is often difficult, and it’s all because the spirit of the season itself becomes an instrument to becloud people’s perspective. A lot of things could happen because of the ways people traditionally celebrate the holidays.

When you think about Christmas, it is advisable to also think about the safety measures that must be observed as it is during this time of year that people tend to do more or trying to do too much. People have plenty going on, and there’s a great chance that their awareness of personal safety drops down as well. Here are twenty important safety measures every parent must observe this Yuletide season to reduce the risk of something going wrong:

  1. Try going easy and slowing down a bit. People with a history of heart problems should avoid getting too tired and taking or doing too much.
  2. Set realistic goals and try to examine values. There’s no more depression at Christmas than at any other time and it’s setting in when high expectations don’t match reality. It’s become highlighted during the holiday season but it’s also a great time to try examining personal values and live them out.
  3. Take extra precautions when shopping. If you’re shopping with small children, be sure, at least, that they know how to ask a sales clerk for help should they get separated from you. Be watchful to your surroundings and the people around you, yet always try walking and carrying yourself confidently.
  4. Always remember to inspect electric lights for broken or cracked sockets and frayed wires.
  5. Don’t connect more than three sets of lights to one cord as this will lead to power overload especially if you’re using extension cords.
  6. Use only outdoor lights that are identified for outdoor use and these should be weatherproof.
  7. Stay away with candles as these are considered extremely dangerous fire hazards.
  8. Artificial Christmas trees should be tested and labeled fire resistant.
  9. Never go to a party with an empty stomach. Chances are, when you go to a party hungry, you’ll be eating more than what you should only be eating for one meal, and you’ll be paying less attention with what you are eating.
  10. Don’t drink and drive. That’s one very important safety measure people should observe in order for them to travel safely going and coming from holiday parties.
  11. Keep your moderation in everything. Too much of something can be bad or dangerous whether to your health, personality, and general well-being.
  12. Don’t be too obsessed about losing weight especially with a wrong diet method. Starting a new diet can only add more stress during a stressful time.
  13. Try toning down the image of a postcard-perfect holiday. While stress is something that can’t be avoided, the way you’re preparing to handle it will make a lot of difference. Don’t let stress affect you that much.
  14. Be optimistic and positive. Kids will often mirror the emotional states of their parents. A frazzled parent could send confusing messages to his children, who want simply to enjoy the holiday.
  15. Do not include in your list of decorative holiday plants, plants that are not safe for children as these are labeled poisonous: holly berries, mistletoe, and poinsettia.
  16. Keep Christmas artificial decorative items away from sources of heat and fire.
  17. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Try paying, instead and if you can, by check or credit card.
  18. Be open-minded and patient. Ignorance and impatience can often lead to something disastrous.
  19. Do not accept wrapped gifts from mysterious people. Chances are, if you’re accepting gifts from people you don’t know, it might be something else like a bomb, or one containing deadly chemicals and poisons. It’s better to be always safe than sorry, you know.
  20. Take time to pause and reflect all of the above.

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