While the holidays are a chance to rejoice with family and friends, emergencies can happen anytime. You can keep your holidays joyous by following these safety tips: Be wary of candles. Keep open flames away from other objects such as Christmas trees and never leave a burning candle unattended.

  • Choose children’s gifts wisely. Avoid toys with sharp edges or pieces that can break off, causing a choking hazard.
  • Travel safely. Always wear a seat belt and bring emergency supplies such as flashlights and blankets.
  • Decorate carefully. When hanging decorations, use a step stool instead of furniture.

The Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Emergency Department, Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center at Germantown, and the Washington Adventist Emergency Department are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet the emergency needs of our community. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately. We wish you a happy and emergency free holiday season!