Nina Perez

    Holiday Hazard Preparedness this #WellnessWed!

    Posted December 2nd, 2013 by

    Who is the Clark Griswald in your family?

    In my family it’s me. As much as I love the holidays, that excitement always seems to come with burning myself thanks to elaborate recipes I would usually avoid or falling off a six foot ladder while hanging lights on my in-laws palm trees. It also means that I am the punch line of several family jokes that seem to magically resurface every year.

    But, it turns out that I’m not alone in my holiday accident record.

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that approximately 13,000 people are seen every year for accidents related to holiday decorating! This includes falling off the roof while putting up lights, tripping on extra extension cords, candles that are left lit, cooking burns, and even Christmas tree fires.

    Because we don’t want you or your loved ones to spend the holidays covered in Band-Aids or singing carols in the ER, we are hosting a Holiday Safety #WellnessWed Tweetchat!

    Join MomsRising (@MomsRising ) and experts from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (@OnSafety) this Wednesday, December 4th at 2 PM ET/ 11am PT, for our Holiday Safety #WellnessWed Tweetchat to learn more about how to keep your family safe this holiday season!

    We will be answering your questions and trading stories, so please join us via #WellnessWed and follow us on Twitter via @MomsRising.

    Can’t make it to #WellnessWed this week? Please share your holiday hazard stories and questions about seasonal safety in the comments below and we will share them from the twitter account!

    Hope to see you there!

    WellnessWed Invite 12.4.13

    P.S. Not sure how to join a Tweetchat? Read our blog post on Tips on How to Join a MomsRising Tweetchat


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    December 3, 2013 at 1:04 pm by Gloria Pan

    The Christmas tree gets awfully dry. With the lights and everything, is it a fire hazard? Should we keep an extinguisher nearby?


    December 3, 2013 at 11:26 am by Ruth

    What should I have in my holiday first aid-kit? And what kinds of meds are good to have all year round/when should some things like Neosporin be replaced? Do they expire?


    December 3, 2013 at 11:14 am by Felicia Willems

    This might be a silly question…. We love to have our fireplace burning this time of year. We also like to decorate for the holidays. Our stockings are hung by the chimney with care… but is this dangerous?


    December 3, 2013 at 9:35 am by Karen Showalter

    I’d love to talk about electrical outlets – how much you can attempt to plug into them during the season. It seems we have only a couple of outlets in the living room, and it’s so tempting to just completely overload them with power strips. Thanks!


    December 3, 2013 at 9:31 am by Ashley Boyd

    Let’s talk ladders. Each year we leave our three-story house undecorated because of the dangers. But I’d really love lights and other decorations in the exterior. Is there a safe way to use ladders for exterior holiday trimming.


    December 3, 2013 at 4:18 am by Anita

    I don’t have a kitten, but in case I ever do, how do we keep it safe around those tempting holiday lights and the tree? Are any holiday plants dangerous to pets?

    Please no one show this to my kids. I’ll never be able to talk them out of a kitten if they know I kind of want one!


    Charlie Reply:

    @Anita, My favorite holiday mix-up is the year someone brought their dog to our house and it chased our cat to the top of the tree – bringing the whole thing down!

    I am accident prone year round, so I’ll definitely tune in.


    December 3, 2013 at 12:52 am by Elisa

    There have been a lot of news stories in recent years about lead and other toxic metals in kids’ jewelry. How common is it? Should I be concerned for my 6-year-old?


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