Safety First This Holiday Season
Thanksgiving is done – Christmas is on it’s way – so remember safety first this holiday season. No matter what holiday you celebrate – Christmas, Hanukkah, etc., we’re excited to share in the holiday spirit. It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities, but while you’re decorating the house, remember safety first!
There are over 10,000 injuries every year related to holiday decorations. Mishaps send about 250 people to the ER daily because of falls, cuts and back strains topping the list of injuries. To ensure you have a safe, healthy and happy holiday season with your friends and family, be sure to keep these tips in mind as you “deck the halls.”
- Keep live trees away from heat sources. Place your tree away from fireplaces and heaters, and keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
- Hydrate your tree. A dried-out tree can catch fire sooner than one that has been properly watered. Check the water level daily to ensure proper hydration. Or fake it! Buy an artificial tree and make sure it’s labeled “fire resistant.” Fire resistant trees are less susceptible to catching fire.
- Don’t burn wrapping paper in the fireplace. Paper can catch fire very quickly and can cause flash fires. Instead, recycle or reuse your wrapping paper.
- Work as a team. When stringing lights and decorations above your normal reach, make sure you use a proper ladder with someone supporting the base.
- Double-check your lights for safety. Replace any lights with frayed wires, broken sockets and loose connections.
- Power down before going to bed. Turn off all lights when you go to bed and before leaving the house to avoid a short that could start an electrical fire.
- 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.
- Secure candles. Keep candles on sturdy base to prevent tipping over and never leave a lit candle unattended.
- Use unbreakable ornaments. If you have fragile ornaments, place them out of reach from kids and pets.
- Beware of poisonous plants. While festive, poinsettias are poisonous when eaten, so keep them out of reach from kids and pets also.
So enjoy your family, friends and holidays, but remember SAFETY FIRST!