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How to Keep Your Home Safe During the Holiday Season

As the holidays are around the corner, we want to share some essential facts to help keep you safe during the holiday season.

Did you know Thanksgiving is considered the most dangerous holiday? That’s due mainly to the number of cars on the road. Yet, some understated injuries can happen during Thanksgiving, such as burns, knife cuts, or even more subtle, yet profound, health risks like heart failure or food poisoning.

Christmas is in the top five list for the same reason, with the added risk of inclement weather.

The holiday season is here, and accidents on the road and inside the house tend to increase this time. Keep your season joyful inside the house and out with these safety tips.

Indoor Tips

Fire is one of the most common hazards in December.

  1. You should carefully inspect holiday light strings each year and discard any with frayed cords, cracked lamp holders, or loose connections. When replacing bulbs, unplug the light string and match the voltage and wattage to the original bulb. Also always turn off holiday lights when you leave the house unattended or go to bed.
  2. Purchase a freshly cut tree; they are more resistant to fire. Keep your Christmas tree watered and away from open candles.
  3. Only connect one extension cord; instead use a single cord that is long enough to reach the outlet without stretching, but not so long that it can get easily tangled.
  4. Do not use your gas fireplace if the glass panel is removed, cracked, or broken, and only allow a qualified service person to replace fireplace parts.
  5. Test your smoke alarms monthly to ensure they work; install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home — especially near sleeping areas.

Outdoor Tips

  1. Do not store combustible materials such as gasoline, propane, paper, chemicals, paint, rags, and cleaning products near your gas furnace. Gasoline or propane cylinders should be stored outside the home.
  2. Use an outdoor timer certified by CSA International to switch lights on and off. Lights should be turned on after 7 p.m. to avoid the electricity rush hour.
  3. Keep electrical connectors off the ground and away from metal rain gutters when hanging outdoor lights. Use insulated tape or plastic clips instead of metal nails or tacks to hold them in place.
  4. If you’re going to use a ladder to put up lights, you should choose the correct ladder for the job and double-check for a certification mark to ensure your portable ladder complies with applicable standards.

We hope you and your family’s holidays are festive and full of good times and good memories. Above all, we hope that you have the safest holidays possible! If you need help after an accident or other problem, contact us.

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