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STATE SAFETY OFFICE

HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
330 OLD NISKAYUNA ROAD
LATHAM, NY 12110-2224

Safety Message 20-12

December is Holiday Safety Month

Enjoy a Safe Holiday Season

Holiday safety is an issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January, when families gather, parties are scheduled and travel spikes. Take some basic precautions to ensure your family remains safe and injury-free throughout the season.

Traveling for the Holidays? Be Prepared

Many people choose to travel by car during the holidays, which has the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation based on fatalities per passenger mile. In 2019, 454 people died during the Thanksgiving week (Wednesday, November 27, 2019 to Monday, December 2, 2019) and 799 from Christmas Day to New Year’s Day (Tuesday, December 24, 2019 to Thursday, January 2, 2020). According to Injury Facts, alcohol impairment was involved in about a third of the fatalities.

Stay safe on the roads over the holidays and every day

COVID-19

With COVID-19 still an issue, every individual should take measures to keep themselves, and the ones they care about, safe. Refer to the CDC for safety tips to keep everyone safe this holiday season. Make sure to check https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home for the latest mandates to ensure that you comply with all travel requirements and safety protocols.

Decorate Safely

Decorating is one of the best ways to get in a holiday mood, but emergency rooms see thousands of injuries involving holiday decorating every season.

When decorating, follow these tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

Watch Out for Fire-Starters

Candles and Fireplaces

Use of candles and fireplaces, combined with an increase in the amount of combustible, seasonal decorations in many homes during the holidays, means more risk for fire. The National Fire Protection Association reports that one-third of home decoration fires are started by candles and that two of every five decoration fires happen because the decorations are placed too close to a heat source.

Turkey Fryers

According to the National Fire Protection Association: deep fryer fires cause an average of 5 deaths, 60 injuries and more than $15 million in property damage each year.
NSC discourages the use of turkey fryers at home and urges those who prefer fried turkey to seek out professional establishments or consider using an oil-less turkey fryer. If you must fry your own turkey, follow all U.S. Fire Administration turkey fryer guidelines.

Food Poisoning Is No Joke

Keep your holidays happy by handling food safely. The foodsafety.gov website from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides some valuable holiday food safety tips:

Watch this holiday food safety video for more information.

It's Better to Give Safely

Gifts and toys should inspire joy, not cause injuries. More than a quarter of a million children were seriously injured in toy-related incidents in 2019. Avoid safety hazards while gifting with these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

To find out more about holiday toy safety and recalls, check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

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