Holiday Safety Tips

Here are some tips to help keep you safe during the holidays…

  • Use a stepladder, not a chair, to hang decorations.
  • Never hang decorations from fire sprinklers.
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets.
  • Turn off all electrical decorations before leaving.
  • Don’t run extension cords in high traffic areas.
  • Don’t “daisy chain” extension cords.
  • Don’t nail or staple extension cords to walls.
  • Don’t use more than three light sets on any one extension cord.
  • Make sure there are no frayed or exposed wires, loose connections or broken sockets when decorating with lights.
  • Never use lighted candles near trees, curtains, drapes or any potentially flammable item.
  • Keep your live Christmas tree in a sturdy, water-holding stand and keep it well watered so it does not dry out.
  • Make sure your artificial tree is labeled as fire resistant.
  • Make sure breakable or sharp ornaments are placed out of the reach of pets or children.
  • When preparing a meal, be sure to wash your hands, utensils, sink and anything that has come into contact with meats.
  • Use a food thermometer to be sure meat and poultry are cooked to a safe temperature.
  • Refrigerate food within two hours after serving.
  • Be aware of food allergies of guests.
  • If you are serving alcohol, be sure your guests are capable of driving. Designate a driver or arrange for a cab, Uber or Lyft is necessary.


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