Glen Ridge PD Offer Holiday Safety Tips

The Glen Ridge Police Department wants you to have a safe and happy holiday. Chief Sheila Byron-Lagattuta has made a list of Holiday Safety Tips to remember:

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.

(Photo: Flickr/b.frahm)

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