Tips for a safe and sound celebration of the holidays

Posted on Monday, November 28th, 2011 and is filed under Feature. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Time and again, reminders for safety and responsiveness in celebrating the holidays had been put forward by the authorities. However, experience has it that in the midst of the revelry and merrymaking, many people throw caution into the wind and harm themselves or others in the process.

The following tips are a reminder to all and sundry of the many small things we can do to ensure a safe, healthy and responsible merrymaking during the holidays. As an old saying goes, “Better a thousand times careful than once dead.”

  1. To prevent accidental fire or electrocution, patronize only safe and reliable Christmas lights. These products, reminds the Department of Trade and Industry, should bear the imported commodity clearance (ICC) mark sticker as an assurance for quality and safety. Also try to save on electricity by turning the lights off at daytime and before you sleep at night.
  2. Never use lighted candles to decorate a tree or near flammable materials
  3. Buy or make and toot your own horn rather than expose yourself and loved ones to firecracker-related injuries. This is the safest and most economical way to noisemaking which has become a Filipino tradition during the holiday celebrations.
  4. Be discriminating in the kind of toys you buy as gifts to your children and “inaanaks”. Many of the China-made plastic toys flooding the market today have toxic levels of lead and cadmium and did not pass through the certificate of conformity procedures of the Department of Health.
  5. Use Earth-friendly indigenous materials or native products for your decorations. Recycling decorations used in previous celebrations is another good way to save on cost while helping the environment.

Though Christmas is officially still a month away, there’s no denying that the spirit of the season has arrived. Let us all help make this Christmas safe, healthy and environmentally sound for our own good and for the good of others.  ( lsv/dti9/pia9)

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