6 Dangerous Holiday Habits
The holiday months can carry an increased risk of house fires and burns, due to more time indoors, more cooking, open flames and decorations.
A recent survey shows
- 25% of people surveyed leave lit candles unattended in their homes
- 27% leave lit candles within the reach of children
- 47% do not keep something nearby to extinguish a fire when cooking, such as a lid or cookie sheet
- 25% do not turn pot handles to the back of the stove and out of a child’s reach
- 45% do not water live Christmas trees daily, even though 70 percent were aware that they should
“Some of these findings seem alarming, but each year our burn hospitals see the unfortunate results—children who have been injured in cooking-related accidents or in fires associated with holiday decorations or candles,” said Kenneth Guidera, M.D., the chief medical officer for Shriners Hospitals for Children. “These injuries can mean years of ongoing treatments and extensive rehabilitation for a child. That’s why we encourage families to learn about fire safety and prevention, before a tragedy occurs.”
The Shriner hospital system also has activity books, tip cards, and a five-minute online quiz at beburnaware.org to help families rethink home safety practices during the holidays and avoid injuries.