A few “Holiday” safety tips to keep in mind as we begin celebrating the upcoming holidays. The holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Years is a time filled with joy and happiness, gathering with family and friends. Unfortunately, the holiday season can also be a time of pain and sorrow for those who fail to follow the fundamental elements of personal risk management.
I encourage you all to remember these tips.
Some tips on the list are:
- Keeping real Christmas trees away from fireplaces, radiators or portable heaters.
- Keeping a real tree fresh, by cutting off a few inches of the trunk and keeping the stand filled with water.
- If using an artifical tree, purchase one that is labeled “fire resistant.”
- Only use outdoor lights that have are labeled “certified for outdoor use.”
- Making sure lights have all bulbs working, no frayed wires or loose connections.
- Avoiding decorations that are sharp or breakable in homes with small children.
- Purchase toys that are age-appropriate–no small parts for children under 3.
- Before lighting any fire in your fireplace, remove all greens, boughs, papers, and other decorations from fireplace area. Check to see that the flue is open.
- Do not burn wrapping paper in the fireplace.
For the complete list of safety tips, click here.