Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Important Holiday Safety Tips Most People Overlook

With the holiday decorations all set up and the excitement starts building up, don’t forget to take important safety precautions during the holiday season, as staying safe is just as significant as enjoying yourself! As the holiday season adventures starts and it’s time to visit family and friends, many security problems come up that you may not have thought of.

Here are a few tips for the holidays!

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When traveling:

Do not disclose your travel plans over the internet. Avoid posting where you’re going, the time when you are leaving, or the time you will be back, as you’re essentially making a thief’s job a lot easier. Its good to let a dependable neighbor know if you are planning to travel for the holiday season, so that they will be alert.

Electrical fires:

Before stringing lights on your trees or house, inspect them, to ensure there are no cracked bulbs or frayed cords. Also, do not use indoor lights outside. Check the tag on your string of lights to stay sure.

A lot of holiday lights that are manufactured today are made for both outdoor and indoor use, but you might come across certain products that are location specific. Indoor lights are not as resistant to dampness, which can cause electrical damage or shorts during the wet weather season.

Heating equipment:

Make sure you hire a professional to inspect your furnace and clear the chimney before heating your home. Search for a professional within your area!

General fire safety: 

Do not leave any candles unattended, and avoid putting stockings close to a heat source (such as, fireplace and chimney). Make sure to check or install smoke alarms, and disconnect your tree during any sleeping hours.

Grease fires:

Make sure you take precautions when it comes to turkey fryers (the oil used for frying the turkey should be of the correct temperature and fry within a well-ventilated area.) Do not use water to stub out a grease fire — rather, cover the fire in baking soda.

Use a reputed cab company for travel:

There is an increase in crime rate on the streets during the holidays. It is best to travel with a reputed travel company to avoid any such problems. Moreover, since the holidays involve parties and alcohol, it is always a good idea to take a cab home, instead of driving on your own. 

Do not let your pets drink from your tree stand:

Tree preservative, usually made with fungicides and fertilizer, can lead to upset stomach or vomiting in pets; bacteria can also reproduce during the standing water. Warmly wrap a tree skirt round the trunk for making the water tough to get to for your pet.

By following these simple safety tips you can ensure that you and your family has a happy and safe holiday season!

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