During the holidays, it is important to ensure the safety of your family and guests. The following are safety experts’ top tips for home safety that will keep your loved ones from harm during the holiday season and throughout the year.
Install and inspect detectors: Make sure your home is equipped with properly functioning smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Fire escape plan: Having a home escape plan is useful to keep family members safe in the event of a fire. When seasonal guests come to stay, be sure to share those plans with them. The fire plan should include a review of the safest routes to get outside, including the location of escape ladders and other emergency equipment.
Heating: Be aware of the dangers of heat sources, such as a fireplace or space heater. Keep curtains, furniture, and other flammable objects away from any heat sources.
Candles: Candles, which are featured prominently in many seasonal decorations, should be used with great care. Placing them away from flammable objects is critical. Just as essential, pay attention to the storage of matches or lighters used to light the candles, which should be kept away from children. The candles themselves should be placed in areas where they will not be knocked over by children, pets, or others.
Big family meals with lots of guests can get hectic. Make sure to focus on safety while attempting to create the perfect feast. Keep children out of the kitchen, or at least away from a hot stove and steaming platters of food. Keep carving knives and other dangerous utensils out of their reach too. Adults should take precaution to prevent injury as well. Avoid burns by using patience and potholders.
Decorative lights inside and outside could pose a fire danger if a frayed wire or broken bulb ignites. Fully inspect all string lights before use; if they cannot be fully repaired, throw them away.
Give Safe Gifts
Gifts are the biggest highlight of the season for children. Be sure that you give thought to the appropriateness of the gifts you give. Toys are age-rated for safety reasons. While it may seem like a good idea to get a big-kid present for your favorite little one, it may be best to hold off on some gift ideas for safety reasons.
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