It’s the most wonderful time of the year and also one of the busiest — the holiday season. The weeks following Thanksgiving present many moving parts: holiday decorations going up, family members in and out of the home, coordinating travel schedules and a plethora of holiday treats to be cooked and consumed.

Within all of the festivities lies a few hazards. These risks to the home and health are rather unique to the season. While you’re covering the variables the holiday season poses, make sure to take note of the safety hazards that present themselves. We’ve taken a look at some of the dangers that could arise during the holiday season:

Heed the Flames

The holidays provide a unique opportunity for holiday fires due to the amount of appliances and decorations that are being used. Visiting relatives means your washers, dryers, space heaters, and cooking appliances in the kitchen will be in overdrive.

Real life Christmas trees and cooking related fires pose the largest threat. Make sure to properly care for Christmas trees that may dry out and catch fire, as well as proper safety steps to cook and handle turkeys.

Pet Problems

A full house with guests, commotion and holiday cheer may startle pets and leave them a little stressed, or guests coming in and out of the home could swing a door open and accidentally let a pet out.

Make sure to keep an eye on your furry friends during this busy time of the year. Most importantly, though there’s plenty of food to share, don’t feed pets excess scraps or trimmings that could get them sick. As much as they’d like to participate with the humans, they still aren’t actually one.

Dodge Decoration Issues

Decoration issues can cause problems with some of the variables we mentioned above — pets, fires, kids — and overused holiday lights can also raise an electricity bill.

Pets and small children may be eager to play with holiday decoration and ornaments that are nestled on the Christmas tree, so be careful where you place poisonous holiday plants like poinsettias and breakable holiday decorations.

You don’t want your children accidentally breaking something, or worse, deciding that something looks like a quality meal for them. Place the dangerous decorations in high to reach locations to keep them safe.

Heart and Health Concerns

The holiday season is known to cause a spike in heart attack cases. Variables could include holiday stress, poor diet that comes with excess eating and drinking, cold holiday weather, and the additional amounts of stress that many individuals feel during what’s supposed to be the most joyous time of the year.

Accompanied with these variables, the holiday months are colder than usual and hospitals may be understaffed.

It’s important to stay on top of your diet, hand washing, and limiting stress during the holiday season. Though you want everything to go smoothly and efficiently, don’t allow the pace of the holiday season to get to you. Remember, what’s most important is that you have the opportunity to share this precious time with your friends and family.

Do you have any holiday tips, tricks, or hazards that we didn’t mention? Let us know via social media!