Great Tips for Holiday Safety

We are fast heading toward one of the most exciting and enjoyable times of the year.

It's also a very busy time and so easy to get caught up in the festive whirl.

Consequently, it makes sense to plan ahead to make sure your holiday season is a safe one.

Here are some great safety tips for the coming days:

  • Never leave burning candles unattended and keep them away from children and pets.
  • Don't overload electrical circuits, outlets and extension cords.
  • Plants including poinsettias and mistletoe, and even tinsel, are all serious health hazards to pets, if ingested.
  • Always stay in the kitchen when you're cooking.
  • Set timers to check on your cooking at the appropriate intervals.
  • Don't tempt opportunist thieves by placing displays of wrapped presents that are visible in a bay window, for example.
  • Check holiday lights for any storage damage, including frayed or broken cords.
  • Use holiday lights as directed and never leave them on overnight. Automatic timers are perfect for this.
  • If you choose a natural tree, ensure that it's watered daily and keep it at least three feet away from a heat source.
  • Look for a fire-resistant label when buying an artificial tree.
  • Wrapping paper can be a flash fire hazard so never throw it into the fireplace.
  • Don't hang stockings and other decorations over a fireplace that will be lit.
  • Christmas Morning can be hectic. Make sure you've read all safety instructions for presents the kids will be opening and playing with.
  • Spending the holidays away from home? It's best not to share this information on social media.

We hope at least some of these tips are useful. As ever, if you have any questions on real estate, don't hesitate to contact us at 435-327-2090.