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Dear Beth Panaccione,

The holiday season is fast approaching. And that means decorating the house, planning family visits and attending lots of celebrations. So here's a checklist to help you and those close to you have a happy and safe holiday this year.

Accountability and the Opioid Epidemic
While 2017 was a tough year for civil justice, as you will read in this month's newsletter, here is one bright spot. Those who see and deal with the devastation of opioid addiction firsthand are now turning to the justice system. So far 10 states and dozens of cities have sued opioid drug makers, alleging that these companies helped trigger the opioid epidemic by minimizing the risk of addiction and overdose. The hope is that these lawsuits will spur changes in the opioid industry just as they did in the tobacco industry, providing resources for prevention and treatment programs nationwide.
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Keep the “Happy” in Happy Holidays

Tips for a Safe Holiday Season

Feldman
 

’Tis the season for everything holly, jolly, merry and bright. But celebrating the spirit of the holidays takes more than just planning the perfect menu and stunning home decor. Thanksgiving to New Year’s can pose a greater risk for house fires, decorating injuries and drunk driving crashes. This month’s You Should Know offers tips for avoiding these common (but preventable) seasonal mishaps. 

Start your safety
checklist here. 
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BY THE NUMBERS /

12,000
Visits

Falling off ladders, stepping on broken ornaments and other decorating injuries send an average of 12,000 Americans to the emergency room between November and December, or about 250 per day.

230
Fires
 

Christmas tree fires caused 230 home fires on average each year from 2007 to 2011, resulting in six fatalities and 22 injuries. Malfunctioning holiday lights are often the culprit.

#1 for
Drunks

Drunk driving accidents and fatalities often spike during every major holiday, with July 4th in the lead followed closely by New Year’s Eve and Thanksgiving as shown in this infographic.

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Avoid the Post-Holiday Party Walk of Shame

Are you aware of office holiday party do’s and don’ts? Human resource expert Jennette Pokorny with EverNext shares tips on how employers and employees can avoid post-party embarrassment. View video.

Food Safety Expert Shares Tips on Preparing Holiday Feasts Safely

Keep your family and holiday party guests safe by following these food safety tips from Foodsafety.gov, a gateway source for federal food safety information. View video.

ESFI Videos Feature a Variety of Holiday Safety Tips

The Electrical Safety Foundation International YouTube channel features several holiday safety videos, including decorating safely, avoiding fire hazards and more. View videos.

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