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Holiday Safety

There's no place like home for the holidays, but this time of year can increase the risk of dangers like home fires and theft. Keep your home and family safe through this holiday season with these simple tips.

Decorations:



Only use lights, artificial trees, and other decorations that are labeled fire resistant or flame retardant


Avoid hanging ornaments that look like candy or food if children will be around


Before hanging lights, be sure to use the appropriate outdoor lights outdoors, and indoor ones indoors

Don’t use more than three light sets on one extension cord


Keep your Christmas tree well-watered so it does not die or dry out and become a fire hazard
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Cooking:


Don’t leave cooking food unattended

Keep knives sharp to avoid knife injuries

Minimize décor in the kitchen in order to prevent fire hazards

Make sure your smoke alarms have new batteries

Use the buddy system while cooking in order to help with distractions

Theft:


Don’t share travel plans or big purchases/gifts on social media

Keep gifts away from windows and out of view from potential burglars


If away from home for a few days have mail held, put lights on a timer, make sure your lawn looks kept and ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on things

Shopping:


Only carry your ID and credit card with you

If you must carry a purse, use a crossbody bag that can hang in front of you

Store gifts in the trunk of your car and make sure they are not visible through windows


Stock up beforehand on staples you might need when stores are closed: batteries, ice, medicine, spices, paper towels, etc.

Candles:


Keep away from trees, decorations, curtains and other flammable items


Never leave lit candles unattended—always extinguish before going to sleep, leaving the room or leaving the house

Plants:


The following holiday plants can potentially cause harm to humans and pets:

Poinsettias, Mistletoe, Holly, Amaryllis, Lilies, Daffodils, Cyclamen, Jerusalem cherry, Yew, Boxwood, Pyracantha, Christmas cactus, Christmas trees

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