Holiday Health and Safety Tips

Celebrate Responsibly

Holidays are a great time to spend time with friends and family. Don't let alcohol ruin your holiday.

  • If you plan to drink at a party, designate a sober driver ahead of time.
  • Don't let friends drive if they have had too much to drink. Offer to call them a cab or find a sober driver to take them home. See "The Ripple Effect" for more information
  • Be a good host-offer plenty of non-alcoholic beverages at any party.

Choose the Right Toys

For anyone who is buying toys for an infant, young child, or teen, make sure that you are buying age-appropriate toys that are safe. Sign up to be notified of any recall notices from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Learn more about specific things to consider when buying toys. How to Choose Safe Toys for Your Kids

Don't Forget Healthy Eating Habits

  • Eat a light meal before going to a party so you aren't starving when you get to the party.
  • Carefully select small portions of a few items you might like to enjoy.
  • Drink water, seltzer, or diet sodas. Calories in sugar-sweetened beverages or cocktails add up quickly.
  • Visit the Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight page for more information.

Decorate Safely

  • Only use products that are UL tested and approved.
  • Do not overload plugs or circuits.
  • Check all indoor and outdoor lights for frayed or broken wires and bulbs. Replace light strands that have frayed or broken wires.
  • If you have a live Christmas tree, make sure to keep the tree watered. Dry branches and needles can be a fire hazard.
  • Do not leave decorations on when no one is home.