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 Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center Emergency Department, Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical CenterEmergency 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!