Miami Dade's website states that the UL reports approximately 12,500 people come into emergency rooms each year due to holiday décor related injuries alone. That is a pretty substantial number of people considering that the holidays tend to be a pretty accident-prone time of year in general. Hit-and-run accidents are more common, décor related accidents and injuries are frequent, and other hazards are pretty high-stakes. Many people don't know what to do when a regular emergency happens much less an emergency over the holidays.
That's why we're sharing some key tips and recommendations for what to do if a situation should arise and how to prevent it in the first place:
Stock up on essential medications beforehand
You must have all your essential medications on hand before the holidays. Refill prescriptions, get over-the-counter medications for allergies, aches and pains, and other seasonal health concerns, and make sure that your first aid kit is up to date and replenished. Toss out any expired ointments and supplies and get new ones—even if you think you won't need them right away.
Find out which hospitals and emergency rooms are closest to you
You should know which hospitals, clinics, and emergency rooms are closest to your home or wherever you'll be. If you're from out of town or celebrating in a different part of the city, check out which hospitals have emergency rooms and where they have space to accommodate more people in case of an accident. This will save time if something happens because you'll know exactly where to go.
Another crucial tip is never delaying seeking medical help for serious injuries and accidents. Unless it's something you can safely control and manage on your own, a serious injury certainly cannot wait till after the holiday.
Ensure your décor and lighting is fire and hazard proofed
As for your own home, make sure that all decoration is hazard proof, there are no loose or live wires, fire risk is reduced significantly, and your tree is secure. You'd be surprised at how common decorating injuries occur year after year—and many of them can get fatal.
When there are emergencies like fires, road accidents, serious injuries, and falls, never hesitate to reach out to your local authorities. During the holidays, people who are available are ready to help you when there is an issue. Your safety comes above all else, so never ignore or attempt to fix major problems like fires, burns, fractures, and other incidents without trained professionals around.
While the holidays are an exciting time full of joy and cheer, it's important to exercise caution and take appropriate safety measures to keep yourself and your family in good hands. Knowing where to find help and what not to do in Miami can be a big saver. Remember these tips, and have a safe and fun holiday season with the people you love!
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