Holiday Safety Tips and Tricks

From decorating the tree to wrapping Christmas presents, the holidays often spread joy and laughter. However you choose to celebrate the season, we wanted to share a few safety tips provided by the National Safety Council.

Happy Holidays!

Decorating

  • Never use lighted candles near trees, curtains/drapes, or any potentially flammable items.
  • Avoid placing breakable tree ornaments on lower branches where small children or pets can reach them.
  • Use no more than three light sets on any extension cord. Extension cords should be placed against the wall to avoid tripping hazards, but do not run cords under rugs, around furniture legs or across doorways.
  • When displaying outdoor lights, fasten them firmly to a secure support with insulated staples or hooks to avoid wind damage. Never nail, tack or stress wiring when hanging lights and keep plugs off of the ground and away from puddles and snow.

Ladder Safety

  • When hanging holiday decorations, always use a proper step stool or ladder to reach high places. Don’t stand on desks, chairs or other furniture.
  • Use ladders with slip-resistant feet and wear clean, dry, slip-resistant shoes when climbing.
  • If you have to use a step ladder near a doorway, lock the door so no one will open it and knock you off the ladder.

Food Preparation

  • When preparing a holiday meal for friends and family, be sure to wash hands, utensils, sink and anything else that comes in contact with raw poultry.
  • Never defrost food at room temperature. Thaw it in the refrigerator, in cold water or in the microwave.
  • Avoid cleaning kitchen surfaces with wet dishcloths or sponges. They carry bacteria and promote bacteria growth. Use a clean paper towel instead.