It’s a Wonderful (safe) Life

It may be a beloved classic movie, but It’s a Wonderful Life also shows what can go wrong over the holidays.

posted December 02, 2019

Ultimately, It’s a Wonderful Life is a feel-good movie. Look closely, though, and you′ll see it contains potential hazards to its characters’ safety and well-being. It′s ironic that the film takes place in a small town called Bedford Falls—and no wonder George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) needs a guardian angel.

Follow our tips to make sure your holidays are happy and safe.

Presents! Parties! Ugly sweaters and eggnog!
As George Bailey discovers, holidays can be stressful.
Remember to take care of your mental and emotional health—and get help when you need it.

Pete Bailey could take a nasty fall from this chair.
If you’re decorating a tree or putting up holiday lights, stay safe by using a ladder.
Keep cords out of the way so you don’t trip over them, and make sure your tree is well-watered and doesn’t become a fire hazard.

Woo hoo! Snow and ice offer holiday fun.
But as an adventurous bunch of Bedford Falls youngsters finds out, they can also lead to dangerous slips, trips, and falls.

The excitement of the season creates plenty of distractions.
George and Mary don’t notice the dance floor open to a swimming pool, showing how easy it is to fall for distracted walking, driving ... or dancing.

Winter weather transforms everyday scenes into a beautiful snow globe.
George finds out the hard way that snowy roads can create hazardous driving conditions.

No one wants the gift of germs.
Little Zuzu Bailey has a fever, but George wisely tucks her up in bed to recover. If you’re sick, stay home.

In the movie, the weather outside is often frightful. When the temperature dips, wrap up warmly in layers and be careful in the cold.

We hope that when you celebrate the holidays, you have a happy ending—just like the Bailey family.


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