Thursday, December 19, 2013

Holiday safety tips

The Christmas season brings a festive spirit into homes with Christmas trees and holiday decorations. As you’re making all these decorating decisions, keep your family’s safety in mind. Avoid accidents and mishaps by following these safety tips.

Check your Christmas lights and holiday décor to make sure that the electrical cords are still in good condition.

Outlets

Holiday decorations such as Christmas lights, extensive holiday cooking and preparations, as well as entertaining houseguests will inevitably need more electricity. This might lead to using outlet adapters and extension cords.

Avoid running wires and extension cords across high-traffic areas such as thresholds, stairs and hallways, as these might become tripping hazards for you and your guests. Don’t overload your outlets; scatter your holiday lights and décor to different outlets if you can.

Smoke detectors

Check your smoke detectors to see if they work before the holiday festivities. Ideally, smoke detectors should be checked every month. There should be one in your kitchen and on every level of the house, especially near the sleeping areas.

Candles

Keep small decorations or ones with small parts out of reach of children and pets. These may be swallowed by accident.

Don’t leave candles unattended. Blow them out before you go to bed. This goes for holiday lights and other decorations as well. Unplug them before you retire or go out of the house.

Electrical cords

Check your Christmas lights and holiday décor to make sure that the electrical cords are still in good condition. Don’t use anything with frayed cords. Also, keep these electrical cords out of your pet’s reach.

Christmas tree

If you buy an artificial tree for your home, choose a flame retardant one. Remember that this does not necessarily mean that it won’t catch fire under any circumstances. It is just going to be more resistant to fire. The same is true for metallic décor. Always choose the flame retardant option.

Children and pets

Keep small decorations or ones with small parts out of reach of children and pets. These may be swallowed by accident.

Secure Christmas trees and large decorations to the ceiling or wall to keep them from toppling over your kids or pets. - Aislinn Kee

Source: www.redcross.org


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