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Seasonal Safety

Safety is important to guarantee a joyful holiday with family and friends. It is important to us that everyone knows these tips, to prevent accidents around the home.

Christmas Safety

From Christmas trees to home decorations and candles to kitchens - small steps can prevent a holiday accident or worse.

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  • If choosing a real tree make sure it has green, fresh needles and keep it watered.
  • Keep all trees at least 3 feet away from any heat source and be sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Check lights to ensure they are in good shape and safe for indoor use.
  • Please do NOT use real candles on your tree.
  • Don’t overdo connections! Check instructions and replace any lights in disrepair.

Holiday Decorating, Lights and Candles

  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors
  • Turn OFF all decorative holiday lights when leaving home or going to bed.

Holiday Entertaining

  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles
  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop
  • Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding

Family and Pet Safety:

  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles and hide those matches and lighters in a safe place.
  • Stay close to monitor the oven and stovetop and have a working fire extinguisher handy.
  • If there are any smokers in the home, provide large, deep ashtrays and WET the cigarette butts before tossing them in the trash.
  • Smokers could step outside for extra safety – and keep smoking materials up high and away from children and pets.

Thanksgiving Safety

Turkey Dinner

We wish everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving! Please remember these safety tips when hosting a small gathering or cooking a meal for your family this year.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot, and kids should stay 3 feet away
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns
  • Keep the floor clear so you do not trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks, or bags
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button