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Certain holidays tend to be associated with increased risk. Everyone knows drunk driving is a problem on New Year’s Eve, you should practice firework safety on the Fourth of July, and the darkness can pose a danger to Halloween trick-or-treaters. But when it comes to Valentine’s Day, what could go wrong?
While it’s not the riskiest of holidays, bad things can happen any day of the year. Before you celebrate, ensure a happier and safer experience by taking heed of these reminders,” says Accident Attorney Ramiro Rodriguez.
Practice fire safety. Are you trying to spark a little romance? Just remember to put it out afterward! Whether you’re lighting up the fireplace or putting out some mood-setting candles, be sure to follow fire safety practices. Inspect and test your fireplace in advance, and keep soft or flammable materials away from any fire. When you leave the room, don’t leave a still-burning flame behind. And, of course, make sure your smoke detector batteries have recently been changed!
Protect your valuables. If you’re headed out for Valentine’s Day, you probably want to look your best, and that might mean breaking out your most valuable accessories. If you plan to wear valuable jewelry or carry an expensive handbag, it can make you a mark for thieves. Try to only frequent well-lit, populated areas where you’re less likely to be targeted. Also, consider carrying only minimal cash — credit cards are a lot easier to replace.
Don’t forget about the pets. Valentine’s Day can also pose a hazard to our furry friends. Flowers and chocolates are popular gifts, but both can make your pet sick. Chocolate, particularly dark varieties, is poisonous to dogs, and many plants are harmful to animals. Baby’s breath, which appears in countless bouquets, is mildly toxic to dogs and cats. And while the flower itself is safe, a pet trying to eat roses could injure themselves on the thorns. Keep dangerous items away from your pet for a stress-free holiday.
Finally, remember to never drink and drive. It’s common to have a few glasses of wine with Valentine’s Day dinner, but if you’ve reached your limit, don’t risk it. Call a cab or rideshare to make sure you get home safe. It may not be ideal, but it’s a lot more romantic than a visit to the emergency room.