How to avoid accidents in your home this Christmas


How to avoid accidents in your home this Christmas

14th of December

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again! Everyone’s busy planning and preparing food, gifts, and decorations for Christmas. However, this season also brings different accidents, such as fires, injuries, and food poisoning with fires as the most common.

In 2013, the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) recorded more than a thousand cases of fire in Metro Manila, and more than four thousand cases in the whole country. Most of these accidents occurred in December.

To avoid these accidents, stepping up your preparation for the Christmas season is key. Here are different ways to avoid accidents in your home this holiday season:

  1. Quality-check the Christmas lights you buy.

Be sure that you’re buying from a reliable store. Check the wires, the bulbs, and test the lights before really buying them. Look for the ICC sticker in the packaging of the lights—this will ensure that what you’re buying passed the government’s safety regulations.

  1. Don’t leave your Christmas lights on when you go to bed.

This may cause overheating that could lead to fires. Turn them off before you go to bed. Let them cool down after a long time of using them. Also, keep them away from flammable materials and avoid ‘octopus’ extensions.

  1. When living with children, choose child-friendly decorations.

Keep in mind to purchase decorations that are big enough that it could not be swallowed by children or easily injure them. Also, keep them away from Christmas light to prevent them from being electrocuted.

  1. Decorate carefully.

When you need to reach high places to decorate, use sturdy chairs or ladders. After decorating, properly keep everything you used so that you won’t step on them and injure yourself or other people living in the house. Don’t drink while decorating. While getting your house ready for the season is essential, keeping yourself safe is more important.

  1. Choose gifts for your children wisely.

Remember to choose age-appropriate gifts for your inaanak or pamangkin. Make sure that these toys do not have small or sharp parts, which could injure them. Also, watch out for toys that can have high toxicity levels, especially toys with lead, which can cause poisoning when swallowed. The government set up laws and guidelines to protect consumers from buying these kinds of toys.

  1. Don’t drink too much.

The Christmas season may be the time for joy and festivities, but this doesn’t mean that you should overdo it. It’s fine for you to drink, but only in moderation. Take a heavy meal before drinking, and drink water in between. Keep in mind that excessive drinking can do damage to your liver. Also, hangovers are a pain to deal with the next day.

  1. Prepare and store food properly.

Because Noche Buena and the festivities on Christmas day are usually for the whole family, people prepare food ahead of time to save time and energy. This may result to cross-contamination, if the food is not prepared and stored properly. You don’t want to spend Christmas with stomach problems, right?

These tips should help you have a wonderful, safe, and accident-free Christmas ahead of you. Always remember that the safety of you and your family is one of the most important presents you can have this holiday season.

And to help you keep them safe, PhilsFirst offers insurance products against accidents. For quotations and more information, visit PhilsFirst’s website.