Holiday Safety Decorating Tips
Keep these tips in mind when decorating your home. Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains/drapes, or with any potentially flammable item. When displaying a natural tree, cut about two inches off the trunk and place the tree in a sturdy, water-holding stand. Keep the tree well watered so it does not dry out quickly – dry branches can catch fire from the heat of light bulbs. If you use an artificial tree, chose one that is tested and labeled as fire resistant. Use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord.
When putting up holiday decorations, always use the proper step stool or ladder. Don’t stand on chairs or other furniture. Always keep three points of contact with a ladder– two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand. When using a ladder, use one with slip-resistant feet and wear clean, dry and slip-resistant shoes.
Hosting During the Holidays
When preparing a meal for family and friends, be sure to wash your hands, utensils, sink and anything that has come into contact with raw meats. Make sure meats and other proteins are cooked to the right internal temperature, use a clean thermometer to check. The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year. You can’t avoid stress completely, but you can give yourself some relief. Allow enough time to shop for gifts and meal items rather than hurry through stores and parking lots. Only plan to do a reasonable number of errands. If you are serving alcohol, be sure guests have a designated driver, encourage sober rather than impaired driving this holiday season.