With the holiday season fast approaching, many are dreaming about cozy nights by the fire, hot chocolate, caroling, beautiful lights, and decorations.
While all these things are a reason to be joyous over the holidays, it’s important to keep in mind that safety should always be a priority.
HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS
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There are several holiday safety tips that should be considered when planning for upcoming festivities, decorations and cozy nights by the fire.
HOLIDAY FIRE SAFETY
- Never use lit candles near curtains, trees or any other potentially flammable item.
- Do not plug more than three sets of lights into one single extension cord.
- Replace lights or strings of lights with loose bulb connections or broken cords.
- Never use nails to hang lights, instead use clips to avoid damaging the cords.
- Make sure to have a professional come to inspect your chimney and furnace prior to heating your home.
- Always unplug your Christmas tree during the night while everyone is sleeping.
- Never place wrapping paper in your fireplace to burn it.
- Test and replace all smoke detectors in your home and inform your family and guests of any fire escape plan you may have in place.
- Keep stockings away from a heat source. This includes a lit fireplace.
GENERAL HOLIDAY SAFETY
- Always use a proper ladder or step stool when decorating for the holidays. Never stand on chairs or other furniture.
- Always make sure that you always use a ladder with slip-resistant feet and keep three points of contact on the ladder.
- Mount your Christmas tree on a steady base to ensure it isn’t easily pulled over and it won’t fall on young children, pets or other guests at your home.
- Read all labels on new toys and make sure they are safe for your children.
There are several ways to ensure that you have a safe and happy holiday season this year.
The holidays are a joyous occasion, especially when enjoyed with safety in mind.
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