Celebrate the Season Safely!

December is a time for joyful festivities, hustle and bustle, and holiday celebrations. As we embrace the holiday spirit and say goodbye to another year, we should all prioritize safety to ensure a happy and healthy December. Here are some tips to help you have a safe and injury-free holiday season.

❤️ Holiday Decorating and Fire Safety

  • Before using, inspect electrical lighting and decorations for frayed wiring and damaged plugs
  • Use sturdy stepstools and ladders in the presence of another helper
  • Keep decorations away from heat sources & turn off lights when leaving and going to bed
  • Be cautious with candles and never leave them unattended
  • Ensure your smoke detectors and fire extinguishers work properly
  • Keep combustible items like wrapping paper and decorations away from open flames

❤️ Travel Safety

  • Make sure your vehicle is in good condition – check tires, brakes, and fluids before your journey
  • Plan for weather conditions like rain, snow, and sleet that may cause delays
  • Follow safe driving practices: observe speed limits, avoid drowsy driving, and use designated drivers when necessary

❤️ Weather Awareness

  • Stay informed of weather forecasts and plan accordingly
  • Dress appropriately for extreme conditions. Dress warmly in layers, and don’t forget hats, scarves, and gloves
  • If traveling, be aware of winter conditions that could lead to slips and falls

❤️ Gift Giving

  • When choosing gifts for children, make sure they are age-appropriate and free from choking hazards
  • Include safety gear and helmets when gifting bikes, scooters, skateboards, and other riding toys
  • Be cautious when giving toys with button batteries and magnets

❤️ Health and Wellness

  • Stay active during the holidays to offset any additional calories celebrating may add
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid or limit your alcohol consumption
  • Manage holiday stress by exercising, taking some “me” time, and avoid over-scheduling yourself

❤️ Online Safety

  • Only use trusted and secure sites for online shopping
  • Avoid public Wi-Fi when online shopping or accessing sensitive bank information
  • Learn how to recognize phishing emails and texts and beware of “too good to be true” deals
  • Only use unique and complex passwords for your online accounts
  • To avoid porch theft, ship to a secure location, use shipping lockers, or ship to store option

MORE HEALTH in the Classroom

Did you know that during the holiday season, emergency rooms see an increase in injuries related to decorating accidents? Taking precautions and following safety tips, such as inspecting decorations and using sturdy stepstools, can help reduce the risk of accidents and ensure a safer and more enjoyable holiday season for everyone. More Health is committed to teaching students how to make healthier decisions, leading to a lifetime of well-being and good health. To learn more about MORE HEALTH and how to support our mission, visit our website: www.morehealthinc.org.

Thank You to our Partners!

Tampa General Hospital

Tampa General Hospital


Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital