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Holiday and Winter Safety
Make sure you and your family stay safe this holiday season with simple tips on the purchase and use of consumer products. Follow this holiday safety advice on products and food safety to help your family enjoy the holidays.
The holiday season is a special time of year and a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family. But holiday routines can also give rise to greater health and safety hazards than would normally occur. It is important to keep safety in mind during the festive season.
Here are some resources to help you enjoy a safe and happy holiday:
Are you planning on using candles or electric lights to decorate or set the mood this holiday season? Or lighting a fire to bring warmth and a cozy atmosphere into your home? If so, it is important to be careful and use these items properly so that they do not pose a fire safety risk to your family.
Health Canada has plenty of information on how to use lights, candles and fire safely within your home.
When decorating your home, only use lights that have been certified by a recognized organization - CSA, ULC or cUL.
The holidays and food go hand in hand, but food borne illnesses do not take a holiday. It is important to prepare your food safely to avoid any health problems.
There are basic steps you can follow to have safe and healthy holiday meals:
Use refrigerated leftovers as soon as possible, ideally within two or three days.
Will you be hosting or attending a party this holiday season? If alcohol will be present, it is important to plan ahead and drink responsibly to stay safe and avoid injury.
To drink safely and responsibly:
It is important to keep your health in mind when you are enjoying the festive season. This holiday, stay active by getting outside and enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer. Be sure to play safe and have lots of fun. The holiday season is also flu season. Make sure to get the flu shot to protect you and your family from getting ill.
Here are some resources to ensure you and your family stay active and health this holiday season:
Are you planning to get away this holiday season? Be sure to read our information on travel health to ensure you have a safe and relaxing holiday. Don't forget to continue practicing sun safety on vacation.
You can also visit Travel.gc.ca where you will find information on destination safety and security, local laws and customs, entry requirements, health conditions, and emergency contact information for Canadian offices around the world.
Trying to find the perfect holiday gift this season? Our toy safety tips will help ensure the toys you choose will not only be enjoyed, they will also be safe for children.