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Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

Cooking

  • Do not leave cooking food unattended on the stove

  • It is best to only fry a turkey outside and away from your house.

  • Cook foods to proper temperature and refrigerate promptly.

Traveling

  • Keep an emergency kit with you while traveling.

  • Get a good night’s sleep before departing.

  • Plan for heavy traffic.

  • Make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up.

  • Put away the cell phone while driving.

  • Designate a sober driver before drinking at holiday parties.

Christmas Tree

  • Keep tree away from fireplaces, radiators, and other sources of heat.

  • Look for the fire-resistant label when buying an artificial tree.

  • Keep a live tree watered and make sure that it’s fresh.

Lights

  • Check holiday light cords to ensure they are not broken or frayed.

  • Don’t string more than three strands of lights per extension cord together.

  • Do not use electric lights on metallic trees.

  • Turn off all holiday lights when going to bed or leaving home.

  • Fasten outdoor lights securely to you home or trees.

  • If using hooks or nails outside, make sure they are insulated against electrocution or fire.

  • Choose the right ladder when hanging lights and always have a spotter.

Decorations

  • Make sure outside decorations specified for outdoor use.

  • Do not light the fireplace if stockings hang from the fireplace mantel.

  • Place burning candles where they can be seen, away from flammable items, and blow them out before leaving the room.

Toys

  • Keep small toys with small parts away from children younger than 3.

  • Keep deflated balloons away from children younger than 8.

Health

  • During holiday gatherings, wash hands often to prevent the spread of germs.

  • Make sure that you are vaccinated.

  • Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke.

  • Practice social distancing.

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