Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe for the Holidays

By December 6, 2018Blog
The 12 Day of Christmas Safety
The holiday season is upon us.  As you dive into the season, these tips will help keep you and your home safe:
  • ‘O Christmas Tree
    • If you prefer a real tree, try to purchase a freshly cut tree, as they are more resistant to ignition.
    • If you have a fresh cut tree, keep it watered and away from open candles.
    • If using an artificial tree, be sure to get on that is labeled fire resistant.
    • Be sure your tree has a stable platform.
    • Keep trees away from fireplaces and other heat sources.
  • Lights, Lights & More Lights
    • Inspect your Lights. Carefully inspect holiday light strings each year and discard any with frayed cords, cracked lamp holders, or loose connections. When replacing bulbs, unplug the light string and be sure to match voltage and wattage to the original bulb.
    • Lights Out. Always turn off holiday lights when you leave the house unattended or when going to bed.
    • Timing Is Everything: Use an outdoor timer certified by CSA International to switch lights on and off. Lights should be turned on after 7 p.m. to avoid the electricity rush hour.
    • Make Smart Connections: Never connect more than one extension cord together; instead use a single cord that is long enough to reach the outlet without stretching, but not so long that it can get easily tangled.
    • Outdoor Lights:  When hanging outdoor lights, keep electrical connectors off the ground and away from metal rain gutters. Use insulated tape or plastic clips instead of metal nails or tacks to hold them in place.
  • Use the Right Equipment. Using a ladder when you put up lights or hanging garland? Choose the correct ladder for the job and double check for a certification mark to ensure your portable ladder complies with applicable standards.
  • Test your Alarms. Test your smoke alarms monthly to make sure they work, and be sure to install smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms on every level of your home — especially near sleeping areas.
  • Clean the Clutter. Do not store combustible materials such as gasoline, propane, paper, chemicals, paint, rags, and cleaning products near your gas furnace. Gasoline or propane cylinders should be stored outside the home.
  • Candle Safety:  Never light candles near trees or greenery. Also never leave lighted candles unattended.
  • Meal Preparation: 
    • When preparing a meal, don’t forget to wash hands, utensils, sink and anything else that touches raw meet.
    • Don’t take chance.  Reheat leftovers to at least 165 degrees.
  • Protect your Children & Pets.  Keep poisonous plants like poinsettias out of reach
  • Designated a Driver. Holiday parties are a big part of the season. Don’t forget to have a designated driver when attending holiday parties with alcohol.


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