The holidays are an exciting time of year full of fun activities like tree-decorating, present wrapping, traveling, cooking and decorating. While you’re counting down with turtle doves and French hens, cross these 12-holiday safety tips off your list too.
Day #1 One-third of Christmas tree fires are due to electrical failures. Check all lights for shorts, frayed wires and broken bulbs before decorating. Never use outdoor lights inside.
Day #2 Use extension cords wisely and never overload the sockets. Always use heavy-duty, outdoor extension cords for holiday lighting.
Day #3 Watch your step! Use the appropriate ladder or stool when decorating.
Day #4 Make sure that the tree is on a stable platform or stand at least 3 feet from all heat sources. One in 4 tree fires is caused by a tree being placed too close to a heat source.
Day #5 Water the tree every day. If you’re using an artificial tree, make sure that it is heat resistant.
Day #6 Ensure that carbon monoxide and fire alarms are in working order. Keep an extinguisher nearby.
Day # 7 Keep your pets safe. Keep poisonous plants out of their reach. Poinsettias, holly berries, mistletoe, pine tree needles, and lilies are toxic to pets.
Day #8 Keep your house secure. Do not run extension cords through windows or garages.
Day # 9 If traveling for the holidays remember to service the vehicle, check the tires, plan ahead, and stay alert. Stay alert and distraction-free during holiday traffic.
Day #10 If you are away from your home for the holidays, place a timer on your DVR, lights etc. to make the home look occupied.
Day # 11 Do not post public announcements of your travel plans on social media. This lets potential thieves know your house is unoccupied.
Day #12 Always ask a trusted friend to collect mail or other deliveries when away for the holidays.