Holidays are great fun, but don't forget safety. During the holidays we put up decorations, we do a lot more baking and cooking and of course, lots more visiting with friends and family. People aren't following their normal routines and that's why accidents are more likely.
It's worth reviewing the safety checklist here for peace of mind. You want to keep your family and your guests safe, so everyone can enjoy each others company and the activities you've planned. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday.
Holiday Safety Checklist
There is something magical about twinkling holiday lights, the glow of candles or flames crackling in the fireplace. We often combine these during holiday celebrations and we have more people in our homes. Reviewing this holiday checklist before company arrives will help you stay safe.
- Do not leave candles unattended. Supervise children and pets around candles.
- Be careful where you place candles. Place on heat resistant surfaces, keep away from combustible items like the Christmas tree and keep away from drafts.
- Make sure your fireplace flue is cleaned by a professional so you know you're getting the proper ventilation and learn how to open and close the flue.
- Use a screen and only burn firewood. Wreaths and wrapping paper can cause problems.
- Pick a tree that is fresh. Test the needles and make sure they don't break easily.
- Keep the tree fresh by cutting off the bottom 2 inches and placing in water filled stand … and don't forget to refill the water.
- When using an artificial tree, buy one labeled as fire resistant.
- Anchor your tree so children or pets won't know it down. Don't use edible or breakable ornaments where children can reach them.
- Use indoor, UL approved lights and no more than 3 strings of standard lights, on a single extension cord.
- Note: LED lights use less power so you can string more lights together.
- Use extra care when cooking raw meat. Follow rules for amount of time and temperature (call USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 8880674-6854).
- Don't overload outlets with too many appliances. Don't wear loose clothing around flames.
- Offer non-alcoholic choices. Monitor guests, providing a designated driver as needed.
- Have someone available to watch small children during large gatherings. Clean up so they don't get into food, alchohol or tobacco products.