Holiday Safety Tips
The holidays are exciting and fun, filled with the blessings of
Christmas and hope for the New Year. For some families,
celebrations turn to tragedy when people are careless with
seasonal decorations, lighting and food.
The safety of you and your family is of the utmost importance.
By taking simple precautions, you can greatly reduce your
chances of accidents and mishaps. This article gives you holiday
safety tips for a secure, hazard-free holiday season.
How many times have you purchased a new light set, extension
cord or portable heater and put it to use without reading the
instructions? It's a common scenario that most all of us are
guilty of, but not without risk.
Manufacturers know what problems can occur with their products
and that is one of the reasons why they include an instruction
manual. They strive to make their directions as clear as
possible to avoid abuse and any danger when the instructions are
not followed accurately. Take the time to read through the
manual to ensure that you've assembled the merchandise properly
and followed the directions for use. It could save lives.
There's no doubt about it. Along with the holidays come
extension cords galore. This is risky when it comes to
electrical shock and fire hazards. Whether it's for outdoor
decorations or the indoor Christmas tree, cords are often
misused. Check the voltage and make sure that the cords you use
outside are certified for outdoor use.
Don't put anything on top of a cord and never use sharp objects
such as nails, staples or tacks to secure the cord. Don't
overload a circuit and make sure they're grounded. Keep all
cords away from water or damp areas. The less cords you use, the
safer your home will be. Always turn off lighted decorations and
tree lights when left unattended.
If you prefer a real Christmas tree over an artificial one,
you're not alone. Real trees do have their benefits but there
are several things you need to consider when you go tree
Many trees offered at garden centers and discount store parking
lots have been cut weeks before you buy them. You may not be
aware of just how dry the needles on the trees are and the fire
hazards that come along with them.
To guarantee a fresh tree, shop at a Christmas tree farm and cut
your own. Put your tree in fresh water as soon as you get it
home, away from any heating sources such as a fireplace or
heater. Fresh trees drink plenty of water, so you should add
some every day.
Tips for Decorations & Ornaments
Small decorations and ornaments can cause a choking hazard. If
young children or pets will be celebrating the holidays in your
home, decorate accordingly. When trimming the tree, put smaller
ornaments out of reach, near the top. Avoid ornaments that look
like candy such as fake candy canes, gumdrops and cookies.
Choose tinsel that is labeled "lead-free" or opt not to use it
Candles are beautiful and aromatic, but every time you light
one, there's a hazard of fire and hot wax. Keep them out of the
reach of children and never leave one unattended. Glitter can
get into the eyes, nose or mouth. Glass decorations can break
and cut skin or be swallowed. Use common sense and anticipate
problems that may show up when your guests do.
Make your holiday season a safe one. Fall or early winter is the
perfect time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and
it's easier to remember when it's routine.