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Triple-I Blog | Home security during the holidays



By Max Dorfman, research author, Triple-I

Holidays are usually occasions for parties and family gatherings. But during this pandemic holiday, we remind you to follow the social distance rules and counseling in your area.

Triple-I also offers these tips to make sure everyone is safe and injury free this holiday season.

Decorations

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are approximately 200 decoration-related injuries each day during the holiday period, of which approximately half involve falls. During the 201

8 holiday, 17,500 people were treated in the emergency room due to holiday decoration-related injuries, with six deaths in connection with decorations during the high season 2019.

Our tips: Choose the right type of ladder for hanging lamps, make sure they are indoor lighting for indoor or outdoor lighting for outdoor; nail, stick or stress wires when hanging lamps; and keep the plugs off the ground and removed from puddles and snow.

Fires

Christmas trees are involved in about 200 home fires per year, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Home Christmas tree fires caused an average of six deaths, 16 injuries * and $ 14.8 million in direct property damage annually from 2011 to 2015.

Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 40 percent of the home's Christmas tree structural fires. About 26 percent occurred because some type of heat source was too close to the tree. Decorative lamps were involved in 18 percent of these incidents.

Eight percent of the home's Christmas tree fires were started by candles, which is another major fire risk. The three best days for home candle fires were Christmas, New Year's Day and New Year's Eve, according to the NFPA.

However, cooking fires remain the leading cause of residential fires, with an average of 1,700 cooking fires occurring on Thanksgiving Day each year. Christmas Day and Christmas Eve are also holidays for cooking fires.

Our tips : Do not leave cooking unattended and keep children away from the cooking area; keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that may burn; blow them out when you leave the room or go to bed; be careful if someone in the household uses oxygen; and keep candles away from children.

Gift distribution

Although it should be celebrated to give toys as gifts during this season, there are also risks associated with them. According to a CPSC study from 2019, there were approximately 162,700 toy-related, emergency department-treated injuries and 14 deaths in children under the age of 15, with most related to suffocation of small parts, such as small balls and small toy parts and riding toys

Our tips: Choose toys in the appropriate age range, with toys with small parts not given to children under three years and toys that must be connected to an electrical outlet that is not intended for children under 10 years. and be aware of the recall of toys. Non-motorized scooters in particular are associated with a high accident rate, but it has decreased.

Home Care

We also remind you to keep your home heated to at least 65 degrees, let it be hot and cold taps drip to prevent freezing and to keep the fireplace closed when not in use.

* These do not include firefighter deaths and injuries recorded separately by the NFPA.


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