The holiday season is a time spent gathered with family and friends enjoying food, admiring lights and sitting around a fire. It is also a time when many people are traveling to see their loved ones, and are away from their homes for several days. Overall, there is a lot that could go wrong.
We wanted to share some tips and tricks that help ensure everyone is as safe as possible this holiday season. Because there is nothing worse than having a strand of lights ruin your holiday. Here are some things to look out for.
- Inspect all of your electric lights and decorations for damage or wear. Cracked sockets, frayed or exposed wires and loose connections may start a fire or shock someone.
- Don’t overload outlets or string more than three strands of lights together. Inspect extension cords and be aware of wattage limits.
- Always blow out unattended candles and teach your children to stay away from lit candles or fireplaces.
- Water your tee! Dry trees pose a fire risk – make a fresh cut on the base before putting your tree into a sturdy stand, and water frequently. Your tree should also be placed at least three feet away from any heat source.
- Plan and practice your fire escape plan in the event of a real fire. Identify at least two exits from every room in the house.
- Be aware of time and weather conditions. This is the busiest time of year to be on the road. Whether you are driving to the airport or driving to grandma’s give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. You don’t want to be speeding, especially if you experience inclement weather.
- Many of us get excited about travel plans and want to post them to Facebook, Twitter, etc. Sharing travel plans can open yourself and your home up to burglary. If you must post about your vacation, try and keep it vague so the reader is unsure about where you are and when.
- If you know you are going to be gone, be sure to check and test your security system to ensure it triggers and alerts the proper authorities in the event of a break-in.
- Have a neighbor or house-sitter stop by your house once a day to pick up mail and make the house seem “occupied.”
- If you are going to be home, be sure you have a functioning fire extinguisher or flame retardant on hand.
We hope you find these tips helpful! We want all of you and your loved ones to be safe and enjoy the holiday season!