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Home Safety Tips for the Holidays

December 13th, 2016

Enjoy a safe holiday by taking some basic precautions to ensure you and your family remain safe this holiday season.

Don’t Give the Gift of Hazard

As fun as gift giving season may be, be mindful of the gifts you give. Below are some toy safety tips to consider when buying gifts this holiday season.

  • Select toys to suit the age & ability of the child. Toys that are too advanced can pose a safety hazard for younger children.
  • Avoid toys with small detachable parts, when giving a gift to an infant or a small child. It can be a choking hazard.
  • Be aware of the dangers associated with the ingestion of coin lithium batteries, which are found in many toys, electronics, watches, & musical greeting cards.
  • Provide protective gear when giving sports equipment (such as a helmet for bicycles).
  • See which toys have been recalled.

Keep Your Home Safe While Traveling

  • Keep your travel plans offline. Stay on the safe side, and don’t mention your trip on social media until your back.
  • Stop your mail. A pile of mail on the doorstep is an instant tip that no one’s home.
  • Notify a neighbor that you will be traveling out of town, and give them your spare key & contact information so they can contact you in case of an emergency.
  • Unplug all unnecessary appliances to protect your home from an electrical fire.
  • Take a look at theseĀ gadgets to burglar proof your home for the holidays.

Stay Clear of Fire Starters

Cooking is a common fire hazard during the winter months, and December is the peak time for year for home candle fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 11% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year. There are steps that can be taken to help reduce the risk of home fires. Below are some tips to help protect your family & home from holiday season fires.

Cooking Safety:

  • Always stay in the kitchen when cooking.
  • Keep oven mitts, dish towels and other flammable items away from open flames and heating elements.
  • Be sure to test your smoke detectors & change batteries yearly.

Candle Safety:

  • Never leave burning candles unattended in a room.
  • Keep candles out of reach of children.
  • Never burn candles near trees or curtains.
  • Place candles on stable surfaces.

Lights & Electrical Safety:

  • Plan your light display according to available circuits. Be sure not to overload circuit breakers.
  • Never exceed the maximum number of strings that may be linked together.
  • Carefully inspect your lights before you put them up. Lights frayed, broken or missing bulbs are a fire hazard.
  • Always unplug your lights before leaving the house or going to bed.

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