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The holidays are a time for safety

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The holidays are a great time to celebrate, spend time with loved ones, reflect and be thankful.  However, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cosc.gov) each year approximately 12,800 people are treated in the ER for injuries related to holiday festivities, including falls and electrical shocks.  This year, make it a goal to be aware of safety issues and take precautions.  Here are 10 holiday safety tips for a safe holiday season.

  • Make sure artificial trees are labeled “fire resistant.”  For live trees, make sure they are kept fresh.  When purchasing the tree, the bottom should be sticky with resin and it should not loose many needles.   
  • Remember to keep a live tree watered.  Keep all trees away from fireplaces, vents and radiators.
  • Use flame-resistant decorations.
  • Inspect electric lights and decorations for damage or wear.  Cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires and loose connections may pose a fire or shock hazard.
  • Connect no more than three standard-size sets of lights together.
  • Make sure extension cords are used properly.  Throw away any cords that are frayed or have wires exposed.
  • To avoid trips and falls, make sure all cords and wires are away from foot traffic.
  • Do not leave lights on when unattended.  Turn off all lights before going to bed or going out for the evening.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly to make sure they work.  Be sure to install carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home – especially near sleep areas.
  • Use the holidays as a time to discuss and implement a fire escape plan with your family.  Identify at least two exits from every room in the house.

Have a safe and healthy holiday season!

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