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Holiday Safety Tips for the Home

by On Nov 20 2017

Between family events, shopping for gifts, and holiday decorating, the holidays keep us busy. To keep your holiday season stress-free, it’s also important to remember the safety of your home and family. Every year, fires and other accidents happen in the midst of the holiday rush. Here are a few things to keep in mind this holiday season to keep your family and friends safe:

Fire Safety

  • Cooking is the top fire hazard in the U.S. according to the National Fire Protection Assocation. Always stay in the kitchen when you are cooking in order to keep an eye on the stove or oven. If you are cooking on an outdoor grill, make sure someone is always watching it.
  • Before you begin cooking, remember to move oven mitts, paper towels, dish towels, and any other flammable elements away from the stove or grill.
  • If you have a chimney, make sure you have it cleaned by a professional annually. This will ensure it’s in working order and there are no fire hazards present.
  • If you have children, it’s best to keep them three feet away from the fireplace. You can use a baby gate to keep them away from the fire and safe.
  • Finally, check your smoke detectors! A good rule of thumb is to check them each time the clock changes when daylight savings begins and ends.

 

Lights

  • All of those Christmas lights around your house are beautiful, but they can also become a fire hazard. Each year, inspect your holiday lights before hanging them. If you see areas that are worn, you should replace them. You can save electricity by switching to new LED lights, which are more energy-efficient.
  • When hanging lights outdoors, make sure the packaging states that they are intended for outdoor use.
  • Never attach more than three strings of lights together.
  • Always unplug your lights before leaving your home or going to bed.

 

Trees

  • Real trees require a lot of care. If your tree becomes dried out, it’s a greater fire hazard, and you will have to dispose of it.
  • Keep trees a few feet away from fireplaces and candles.

 

Using these tips will keep you and your family safer this holiday season. For more holiday tips, visit our blog.