Holiday Safety

Holiday Safety

Holiday Safety (English)
Holiday Safety (English)
Holiday Safety (ESP)
Holiday Safety (Spanish)
  • Decorate with flame-resistant or non-combustible materials
  • Use lights and electrical decorations that are UL listed (check labels)
  • Inspect light strands prior to use and unplug lights before changing the bulbs or fuses
  • Do not overload an extension cord, remember they are for temporary use only
  • Use precaution hanging lights with nails and staples, they can damage cords
  • Turn lights off before going to bed or leaving the home
  • Avoid areas where the cords can cause a tripping hazard
  • Keep decorations out of the reach of small children and pets
  • When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “Fire Resistant.” Although this label does not mean the tree will not catch fire, it does indicate the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly
  • Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching it could be electrocuted
  • When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. Fresh trees are green, the needles are hard to pull from branches and when bent between your fingers, the needles do not break. The bottom of a fresh tree is sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground the tree should not lose many needles. The fresh cut surface should be creamy-white so that the tree will be able to drink water
  • Choose a sturdy stand that holds at least one gallon of water
  • Make a fresh cut across the tree’s base and immediately place in water. Keep the tree’s water container full at all times, checking the water level daily. Dispose of tree when needles begin to fall off easily or if it turns brown
  • Wash the debris off the tree. When you get your tree home, spray it with water to remove all dead needles and dust
  • When setting up a tree at home, place it a minimum of three feet away from fireplaces, radiators, and other heat sources. Remember, heated rooms dry out live trees rapidly
  • Make sure all light sets are listed and approved, by looking for the “UL” symbol from the Underwriter Laboratories on a label or package
  • Check each set of light strands, new and old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Throw out damaged sets and replace non-working light bulbs
  • Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord
  • Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house
  • Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree
  • Beware of children and pets around decoration that have the potential of causing them injury if touched or ingested
  • Never decorate Christmas trees or other evergreens with lighted candles
  • Wear gloves to avoid eye and skin irritation while decorating with spun glass “angel hair.”
  • Follow container directions carefully to avoid lung irritation while decorating with artificial snow sprays
  • Never burn Christmas trees or wrappings in a fireplace or wood stove
  • Keep the emergency escape route clear of trees, packages, and furniture
  • Consider having your tree sprayed with a State Fire Marshall approved flame-retardant chemical
  • After Christmas, remove your tree from the house as soon as possible. The best alternative is to RECYCLE your tree either through your city or county program
  • Have your chimney inspected by a professional before each heating season and cleaned if needed
  • Before lighting, check flue to make sure it is open
  • Keep a screen in front of the fireplace at all times
  • Completely extinguish the fire before closing the flue
  • Chimneys are required to be equipped with spark arresters
  • Store ashes in a metal container with a tight fitting metal lid outside the home
  • Never dispose of a Christmas tree in the fireplace
  • Keep paper, kindling and flammable materials three feet away from the fireplace
  • Avoid using the fireplace during extreme wind conditions
  • Avoid hanging stockings on the mantel when using the fireplace
  • Do not burn trash, paper or green wood in your fireplace
  • Make sure the fire is out before going to bed or leaving the house
  • Wear costumes that are bright, light colored or reflective
  • Use fabrics that are flame retardant (check label)
  • Avoid costumes that can cause tripping or entanglement
  • Mask eye holes should be large enough for peripheral vision
  • Use reflective tape on costumes and Trick or Treat bags for visibility
  • Use props that are flexible, not rigid or sharp
  • Remember to Stop, Drop and Roll if your clothes catch on fire
  • Avoid using candles. Use battery powered lanterns or glow light sticks
  • Do not overload electrical outlets with lighting or special effects
  • Adults should assist children when carving pumpkins
  • Keep porch and walkways clear by eliminating tripping hazards

  • Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking.
  • 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 don’t 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.
  • Have activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during this busy time. Games, puzzles or books can keep them busy. Kids can get involved in Thanksgiving preparations with recipes that can be done outside the kitchen
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

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