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Top 5 Tips for Having a Safe Holiday Season

Friday, December 8th, 2017, 6:23 pm

Top 5 Tips for Having a Safe Holiday Season

1. Minimize the Risk of Fire and Smoke:

⦁Be careful placing decorations around or near fireplaces. Keep candles on stable surfaces, away from children and do not light near trees or other flammable items.
⦁Make sure fires and candles are no longer lit before leaving your home or going to sleep.
⦁Check all fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in your home. Make sure fire extinguishers have not expired and do not have any damage. They should be checked monthly and replaced every 5 to 10 years.
⦁Turn off and unplug all lights on trees, wreaths or garlands when leaving your home or going to sleep as they are a fire hazard.
⦁Be very careful when disposing of fireplace embers. Let them sit overnight so you are certain they are fully extinguished.
⦁Check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
⦁Make sure your heating system has had its annual servicing.

2. Winter Weather Tips:

⦁Keep walkways, stairs and sidewalks clear of snow and ice.
⦁Trim trees and remove dead branches. In the event of severe weather, weak tree limbs can break and cause damage below.
⦁Practice proper snow removal around your home. Do not put snow near the foundation of your home as this could cause cracks or pipes to freeze.
⦁Clear snow from your roof to avoid heavy pressure which could cause the roof to collapse.
⦁Clean out gutters to avoid ice damming. Ice dams cause water build up which leads to leaks and water damage to the ceiling, walls and the insulation of your home.
⦁Remove icicles. They are dangerous and can cause serious injury.
⦁Mark the location of your water shutoff valve in case there is a water related occurrence like a pipe freeze and it needs to be used.
⦁Consider a reliable back-up power source in the event of a power outage.
⦁In the event of significant freezing weather over many days, check your home regularly, turn on faucets and flush toilets (as the movement of water prevents freezing).

3. Advice for Your Holiday Travel:

⦁When traveling throughout the holiday whether for visiting loved ones or while vacationing, have lights in your home on timers to deter break-ins.
⦁Be sure to suspend mail & paper delivery.
⦁Be careful while posting about your travel plans on social media. Do not mention length of travel or that you will be leaving your home unsupervised.
⦁Keep your house heated at a minimum of 65 degrees to reduce the chance of pipes freezing.

4. Celebrate Safely:

⦁Take precautions while serving guests alcohol at your holiday parties. If serving alcohol make sure you are offering food to guests as well.
⦁Create a holiday “mocktail” to give guests a festive and non-alcoholic drink option.
⦁While attending celebrations where you may be consuming alcohol, arrange for alternate transportation or have a designated driver.


5. Minimize the Risk of Theft for Your Holiday Packages:

⦁Be cognizant of package deliveries.
⦁Make sure you keep doors locked.
⦁If you are having a lot of items delivered to your home or are expecting a high valued item to be delivered, stay updated on tracking information so you can have someone available to accept the package.
⦁Keep holiday gifts out of window visibility.

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