Holiday Safety Tips

As the holiday’s approach, keep your family and home safe by following these tips.

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  • Keep your Christmas tree watered and away from heat sources.
  • Be sure you are using indoor lights indoors and outdoor lights outdoors.
  • Never connect more than 3 strands of lights together.
  • Use the proper ladder when hanging decorations.
  • Keep candles away from the Christmas tree, curtains, and other flammable items.
  • Decorating the fireplace mantle is festive, but be sure to avoid fire hazard if the fireplace is in use.
  • Keep glass ornaments and plants like holly, poinsettia, and mistletoe out of reach of children and pets.

Food 

  • Use food thermometers, defrost food safely in the fridge, and refrigerate leftovers promptly.
  • Turn pot handles so they do not hang over the edge of the stove or use the back burner.
  • Be in the kitchen if food is cooking. Do not leave it unattended.

Presents 

  • Keep batteries away from small children.
  • Check the recommended age on toys and games and be sure there aren’t any choking hazards or other small pieces.
  • Watching pets play with wrapping paper is fun but be sure they do not eat any paper or ribbon.

Have a safe and happy holiday season! 

National Safety Council – Electrical Safety Foundation – SafeKids.org

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