Top 3 Holiday Home Safety Tips

Whether you’ve enjoyed lit jack-o-lanterns on Halloween, the smell of fresh roasted turkey and stuffing on Thanksgiving, or the twinkle of tinsel from Christmas decorations, the holidays are abound with the sights, sounds, and smells of the season. This is a whimsical time that brings with it family, friends, and gatherings. So here are the top 3 holiday home safety tips to remember so you can enjoy your season’s greetings to the fullest.

1.) Feast Safely: One of the best parts of the holidays is all the delicious meals and goodies, so food safety is essential in truly enjoying the festivities. No one wants to spend the occasion hugging their toilet bowl in agony. Be sure to fully cook meats thoroughly to ward off bacteria, and always wash raw veggies and fruits. Because cold and flu season can run rampant this time of year, frequent hand washing is a must for all ages, especially around food. And to prevent scalding, burns and cuts, keep hot liquids, foods and carving knives away from the edges of counters and tables.

2.) Light the way: Who doesn’t love festive holiday decorations? Whether it’s soft candle light or sparkling Christmas lights, there’s an air of peace that comes from the charming twinkle. But there are also fire hazards that come with the charm, so take extra precaution with your lighting! Outdoor lights should be fastened securely to trees, exterior walls, or other firm supports to prevent damage. And though we love the glow of lights in our home at night, turn off all lighted decorations before you go to bed or leave the house, as the lights could short out and start a fire.

3.) Oh Christmas Tree: Whether you enjoy the ease of artificial trees or are a purist whom prefers live trees, caution is still an essential part of holiday safety. Artificial trees should be marked with a “Fire Resistant” label. Live trees should be checked for freshness as well as have a few inches cut off the trunk to expose the fresh wood for better water absorption. This helps keep your tree from drying out and becoming a fire hazard. And regardless of if your tree is alive or artificial; it should be placed away from lit candles, radiators, or fireplaces. Also, avoid sharp of breakable decorations which could be choking hazards for young children or pets.

Wanting a “White Christmas” shouldn’t involve the white walls of the emergency room, so remember these top 3 holiday home safety tips, and keep yourself and those you care about protected this holiday season. – Frank

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