Holiday Safety: Christmas and Hanukah
The Winter holiday season is a festive time of year. Family gatherings and decorations are hallmarks of the season. Holiday safety should be part of our planning when preparing for these festive days.
Here are a few suggestions to help you be safe during the holidays.
Before the season begins
- Test your smoke detectors.
- Clean the oven and stove.
- Keep kitchen clutter away from the stove and oven.
- Be careful using matches and candles. Candles should be made of flame retardant materials.
- Clothing can catch fire around candles, matches, fireplaces and stoves (both electric and gas). Avoid loose, flammable clothing.
- Keep decorations away from sources of heat such as open flames, electric heaters and exposed electric bulbs.
- Don't overload electric outlets. Inspect electrical cords and light sets. If in doubt - throw them out.
- Do not use candles on or near the tree.
- Place the tree away from heat sources, such as fireplaces and heaters.
- Keep your Christmas tree in a sturdy base filled with water. Check the water level daily.
- Consider spraying your tree with a flame retardant.
- Safely dispose of your tree before it becomes dangerously dry. Never burn the tree or tree parts in your fireplace.
- Use UL approved lights.
- Examine all indoor and outdoor lights for frayed cords - replace if necessary.
- Never use lights that have an empty socket.
- Lights should not touch combustible materials.
- "Indoor" lights should never be used outdoors.
- Turn off all Christmas lights, prior to leaving your home or going to bed.
- Mini lights are safest because they produce less heat.
- Avoid using extension cords, but if you do follow instructions carefully.
- Do not overload electrical circuits, such as wall outlets and extension cords, use a circuit strip.
Holiday Gift Wrap
- Keep combustible materials away from heat sources.
- Never burn wrappings in your fireplace.
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