This time of year is full of so many fun things. Unfortunately, fun holiday activities and traditions also come with some safety concerns. The good news is, with a little preparation and awareness, we can all enjoy safe and happy holidays!
If you will be driving in snow or ice, be extra careful, especially if you are not accustomed to driving in those conditions. Make sure your car’s tires and breaks are in good condition and drive cautiously.
Another thing to keep in mind if you won’t be at home for the holidays is protecting your home while you are gone. Here are a few things you can do to protect your home and have peace of mind while you’re gone:
- Don’t post your travel plans on social media. Doing so could be an easy way for thieves to know that you won’t be home, making you more susceptible to a break-in.
- Use timed lights in your house. Having a few lights set to come on in the evening hours while you are gone is an easy way to make it look like someone is home.
- Don’t let packages pile up. Have your mail put on hold until you are back home. Or ask a trusted neighbor to keep any packages for you until you come back.
One of the best things about the holidays is all the delicious food we get to enjoy with friends and family. If you’ll be spending some time in the kitchen this holiday season, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Keep pan handles, hot items, and sharp objects like scissors and knives out of reach of children.
- Cut foods away from your body and keep your fingers out of the way.
- When cooking meat, use a food thermometer to makes sure the meat gets hot enough to kill germs.
- Always wash your hands before preparing any food and after touching raw meat or eggs.
The holidays are known for festive lights and candles, but they shouldn’t be known for fire accidents. Here are a few things you can do to practice fire safety.
- Always blow out candles and extinguish fireplaces before leaving the house or going to sleep.
- Keep Christmas trees away from fireplaces, candles, radiators, and lights.
- Examine Christmas tree lights for frayed wires.
- Make sure the smoke alarms in your house are working and that you have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
Following these simple safety tips can help ensure that you and your family
stay safe this holiday season and avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency room
. Have a safe and happy holiday season!