Urgent Care Topic: Christmas safety tips
The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy not trips to the urgent care for minor injuries, trips to the ER for major injuries or the fire department making a trip to your house. This year we, at First Med Urgent Care, encourage everyone to be careful with your Christmas tree. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Our urgent care staff, while happy to serve, would like you to consider these safety tips to have a safe and happy Christmas holiday.
1.) Choose the “right” kind of tree. Our urgent care staff follow recommendations from NFPA. They state that if you are a fan of the artificial Christmas trees make sure it is certified as being fire retardant. For real trees, the fresher the better is the motto to keep in mind; choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
2.) Pay attention to tree placement. For real Christmas trees it is important to cut 1 to 2 inches from the base of the trunk before putting into the stand. More importantly, water the tree daily. Whether artificial or real, it’s also highly important to make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. Do not cover up any exits with the Christmas tree as this is a safety hazard.
3.) Carefully decorate Christmas trees. Everyone likes pretty decorations, just make sure they are safe! Using lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory can be safer for your family. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both. Do not use string lights that have worn cords, broken cords or broken bulbs! To reduce risk of fire do not connect more than 3 strands of string sets. Do not ever use real, lit candles to decorate a Christmas tree. Despite your desire to do so, do not leave Christmas lights on all night long or when leaving the house.
Our urgent care staff hope these easy to follow tips will keep your family and home safe this holiday. On behalf of First Med Urgent Care, we wish you all a happy holiday season!