Holiday Safety Tips

By steadfast
In December 7, 2019

The holiday season is here! No matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or all three. It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities, and while you’re busy,  holiday safety may be one of the last things on your mind.  Traditions, decor, and celebrations can lead to accidents if you’re not careful. Here’s how to keep your family safe and healthy through to the New Year.

1. Inspect electrical decorations for damage before use.

Cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections may cause a serious shock or start a fire.


2. Prevent electrical cord damage.

Don’t mount lights in a way that might damage the cords, and avoid using nails or tacks. Use hooks or insulated staples instead.


3. Do not overload electrical outlets.

Overloaded electrical outlets and faulty wires are a common cause of holiday fires. Avoid overloading outlets and plug only one high-wattage into each outlet at a time.


4. Never connect more than three strings of incandescent lights.

More than three strands may not only blow a fuse, but can also cause a fire.


5. Turn off, unplug, and extinguish all decorations when going to sleep or leaving the house.

Turn off all lights when you go to bed and before leaving the house to avoid a short that could start an electrical fire.


6. Use unbreakable ornaments.

If you have fragile ornament, place them out of reach from pets and kids.


7. Your tree is a fire risk — even if it’s fake.

Dry trees are a serious fire hazard. Keep your tree fresh by watering daily. Keep your tree at least three feet away from all heat sources (like fireplaces, radiators, and heat vents).


8. Candles are pretty, but they’re still open flames.

Candles start almost half of home decoration fires (NFPA). Keep lit candles at least 12 inches away from surrounding objects.  And never leave lit candles in a room that’s unattended. The bathroom is particularly worrisome because people go in and out, and hand towels get moved around a lot. Its better to use battery-operated candles.


9. Keep combustibles at least three feet from heat sources.

A heat sources that was too close to the decoration was a factor in half of home fires that began with decorations (NFPA).


10. Stay in the kitchen when something is cooking.

Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of home cooking fires (NFPA).


11. Never toss anything but logs into your fireplace.

Don’t try to burn evergreens or wreaths in a fireplace or wood stove. Greenery and tree needles burn much faster than logs, creating sparks, which can fly into the room or onto the roof.


12. Festive favorites can seriously harm your pets.

A cat might see shiny tinsel as a toy, but a single strand can become tangled in his intestines, causing serious damage. Holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias are toxic to dogs and cats when ingested. And as for candy canes.


13. Be safe when shopping.

Be aware of your surroundings when you’re walking in a parking lot or going to the restroom. Keep your purse or wallet in a place that a pick pocket can’t get to easily. Park in a well lit area.


Happy holidays!

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