Do you decorate for Christmas? Your home may look a lot different during the holiday season. Keep everyone safe with these 5 holiday tips.
Christmas Tree Safety
Christmas trees, with their bright lights and colorful ornaments, are a natural draw for children and pets.
Keep older and more fragile ornaments up higher.
Consider not using tinsel if you have small children or pets.
Make sure your Christmas tree is fire retardant.
Keep it away from any fireplaces, space heaters, and radiators.
Don’t place it in an area where it blocks doorways or exits.
If you choose a real tree, choose a fresh one. The branches should bend with ease, and the needles should not fall out. Cut off a few inches off the trunk to expose the fresh wood for better water absorption.
When decorating your home, keep small children and pets in mind.
Poinsettias should be kept out of the reach of cats and dogs. Although these plants are beautiful, they are also poisonous to cats and dogs.
Older, fragile, and breakable decorations should be kept out of reach of small children and pets.
Keep your kids and pets away from electrical decorations.
Never! leave your little ones or pets around a working fireplace.
Outdoor vs. Indoor Lights
Lights are made differently for indoor use vs. outdoor use.
Outdoor lights must be certified for outdoor use. Use a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected receptacle (GFCI).
Hang your outdoor lights by securing them with hooks that are made for outside. Never use nails or tacks.
This is the time of year we break out the holiday towels and cook traditional recipes.
Keep all towels and oven mitts away from the oven. Watch for little ones that may grab the colorful towels.
Refresh yourself with traditional recipe preparation. Get your supplies out ahead of time so you can keep an eye on the stove when it’s in use.
Never leave the area when anything is cooking.
Keep your kitchen area as clean as possible when making multiple dishes. Keep appliance cords and other flammable items out of reach.
Don’t throw hot grease in the garbage.
Keep at least one working fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen.
Turn Everything Off At Night!
Go through your home and make sure these items are turned off: