Minnesota Safety Council: Take a Moment for Safety this Holiday Season

ST. PAUL, MN – Looking for that perfect gift for the holidays? Here's one from the Minnesota Safety Council that fits all ages and costs nothing: a moment to be safe.

"Whether you're on the road or at home, take the time to be safe this holiday season," said Paul Aasen, president of the Minnesota Safety Council. "That safety moment can make all the difference for you and for your family."

Behind the wheel:
  • Put away the phone, put down the food, the makeup, the book — keep eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and mind on driving.
  • Be extra cautious around pedestrians and small children in holiday-packed parking lots.
  • Slow down, especially if the road is slick or icy.
And of course, always buckle up, and plan ahead for a designated driver when you're going to a party.

At home:
  • Place candles away from anything that can burn. Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
  • Keep steps and walkways clear and clutter-free, inside and out, to prevent falls.
  • Store all medications (including those guests may bring into the home), vitamins, cleaning solutions and liquid laundry packets out of reach and out of sight of children.
"Our hope is all Minnesotans will take a moment to recognize, and hopefully avoid, situations that could lead to injury or worse, "Aasen said. "We want everyone to have a wonderful holiday season!"

Unintentional injuries such as falls, traffic crashes, and poisoning are the leading cause of death for ages 1–44 in Minnesota, and the third leading cause overall. In 2014, unintentional injuries caused the deaths of 2,488 Minnesotans and resulted in 26,400 hospital stays and more than 260,000 emergency department visits.

The Minnesota Safety Council, a private, not-for-profit organization, has been a leader in preventing unintentional injuries on our roads, in the workplace and at home since 1928.

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