New Years holidays are associated with moments of happiness. And how can it not be? If we are filled with joy between the decorations, the music, the warmth of the home and the gatherings of family and friends, and we are intoxicated by a feeling of peace and harmony. However, these weeks of December are not free from dangers and possible adverse situations. There are even risks that are typical of this Christmas season or, at least, much more common. Without intending to water you the holidays, we present five Christmas dangers with some suggestions so you can avoid them.
The numbers go up in the balance: Who maintains a strict diet when surrounded by sweets, lunches, dinners and the indispensable coquito or eggnog? Instead of futilely battling temptation, indulge in a few treats in moderation. After all, gaining 2 pounds is preferable to losing control and gaining 5.
Nefarious decorations: Every year thousands of people suffer falls while they are placing the decorations, especially if they use high stairs to decorate the exteriors. Take all possible precautions not to de-shine your Christmas lights.
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Little trees on fire: Many home fires are caused by Christmas trees, and although they are not the most common cause, they are the fires that cause the most deaths. The most foolproof way to prevent your little tree from turning into a torch is to opt for an artificial one that is flame resistant. But if you do not want to give up the natural scent, the wisest thing to do is to place it away from any heat source, change the lights almost every year and, very importantly, do not stop keeping it "hydrated"! Check the water every two to three days and don't allow it to dry.
Accidentes automovilísticos: Las carreteras y el alcohol no se llevan nada bien. Desde el Día de Acción de Gracias hasta el 1 de enero, la combinación del aumento de tráfico con un mayor consumo de bebidas alcohólicas tiene consecuencias funestas: en esta temporada aumentan los accidentes y las muertes que estos provocan. La solución más eficaz es la más simple: Si bebes, no manejes. Si manejas, no bebas. Si te tomas unas copitas y no cuentas con alguien para llevarte a casa, es preferible que te quedes a dormir en un sofá… ¡o hasta en tu propio carro! Además, ten presente usar siempre el cinturón de seguridad, planificar el recorrido con antelación y mantener la distancia adecuada entre vehículos.
Santa Stumbles: To avoid toy-related accidents, one of the tasks for Santa Claus and his helpers should be choosing age-appropriate gifts, as well as being knowledgeable about various potential dangers such as the presence of lead in some Chinese products. But adults can also be injured: One of the most common causes of emergency room visits during Christmas is injuries and punctures when trying to open hard plastic packages. Every year some 6,000 people in the United States have to go to the emergency room for this reason.