The holidays are a time of joy and jubilee, but that can change in an instant with an injury or accident, according to a news release.
During this holiday season, Mercy Health – Lorain is sharing tips to keep you and your family safe during one of the most wonderful times of the year, the release said.
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and while this season is often packed with festive celebrations, it can also be one filled with preventable accidents and injuries,” said Dr. Christopher Haas, vice president of Medical Affairs for Mercy Health − Lorain Hospital. “While you’re decking the halls or making figgy pudding, take a few moments to consider potential hazards and take precautions to ensure you have a holly jolly holiday season.”
Mercy Health – Lorain Hospital is a Level III Trauma Center, providing prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations.
Level III Trauma Centers include 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the prompt availability of trauma surgeons and anesthesiologists, making the hospital prepared for any traumatic injury that may present.
In 2019, Mercy Health – Lorain opened the Level III Trauma Center, in collaboration with MetroHealth’s nationally recognized trauma program, adding to a legacy of high quality, compassionate care delivery at Mercy Health – Lorain.
Mercy Health -Lorain is offering several holiday safety tips:
• Avoid giving children younger than the age of three, toys or items with smaller parts as they can be a choking hazard.
• Keep deflated balloons away from children younger than eight.
• Once gifts are unwrapped, dispose of any wrappings or tissue paper to avoid the danger or choking hazards
• Purchase safety gear, such as helmets, for any gifts with wheels, including scooters or bikes.
• Never leave food cooking unattended on the stove or in the oven.
• Only choose to fry a turkey outside and away from your home in case of a cooking fire.
• Avoid placing cooked food or fresh produce on a cutting board or other surface that may have touched raw meat.
• Take your time preparing food with knives or other sharp utensils to avoid cuts.
Decoration and house safety
• When decorating with lights inside or out, make sure to properly use a ladder on a flat and even surface, or have someone hold it steady when in use.
• Clear any paths to and from the house from any tripping hazards.
• Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant, including trees.
• Make sure your Christmas tree has enough water to prevent it from drying out.
• Always burn candles away from anything flammable and where you can see it.
• Replace any broken bulbs or worn cords on or near the Christmas tree.
• Allow for plenty of time on the road for stopping or space for breaking when approaching turns or stop signs.
• Reduce speed in hazardous conditions to avoid an accident.
• Always wear a seatbelt when driving and ensure passengers are doing the same.
• Designate a sober driver and never drive under the influence.
• Plan a route before driving and check weather conditions.