With the holidays upon us, the Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad would like to remind everyone of some safety tips while preparing our houses, both inside and out. As emergency responders, we like to occasionally share some injury prevention messages to our community, and hopefully eliminate the need for us to meet after an injury occurs.
Falling while hanging lights or other decorations is a leading cause of holiday-related trauma. If you are so inclined to decorate, make sure you use a sturdy ladder and not items such as boxes or chairs to stand on, never touch electrical lines, and always have someone with you to hold the ladder and be your spotter.
Keep Small Objects From Small Children
Small objects are a constant hazard to infants and toddlers. Something as simple as an ornament or that new marble track gift for your young child can be a potential foreign body airway obstruction for the small child.
Make sure burning candles are never left unattended. Ensure an adult is present in any room where there are children and open flames. Before burning in your fireplace make sure your chimney has been cleaned, clear of any obstructions, and your flue is in the open position. And never dispose of hot ashes or candle wax in with your household garbage.
We can also always use help!
Volunteers are in very short supply and we have classes starting just after the holidays if you ever thought about joining. More information on membership can be found at www.clintonems.org or by calling 908-735-4012 x126