The holiday season–Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s–is an exciting time of the year. It can also be a very dangerous time of year. According to the United States Fire Administration, almost 156,000 fires occur during the winter holiday season; this amounts to 630 deaths, 2,600 injuries, and approximately $936 million in property damage (HolidaySafety.org). And fires are not the only danger to people during the holidays. How can you prepare the house for holiday visitors this year?
Prepare the house for holiday visitors: Keep open flames away from fire hazards. Candles, lanterns, and warm, crackling fires are part of the holiday season, but they can ruin this special time for your guests in an instant. For this reason, anything with an open flame should be closely monitored. Keep burning candles away from Christmas trees, paper holiday decorations, and anything that could easily catch fire. Anytime you leave the house, put the fire out. Never leave candles burning overnight–their flames can reach amazing heights, spread to window draperies, and more.
Prepare the house for holiday visitors: Keep your home safe for small children. Children love the holidays: food, gifts, and fun for all. But Christmas, Hanukkah, and other winter holidays can be dangerous if you have small children. Keep your kids safe this holiday season by following these precautions: Keep poisonous plants out of reach; Do not let them play with the older kids’ toys if they have small parts; And keep them away from leftover foods they might choke on, as well as alcohol and tobacco.
Prepare the house for holiday visitors: Keep your home safe for curious pets. Animals have curious minds, which can lead to a lot of trouble. You probably don’t want to fret about the family pet during the holidays, so take a few safety precautions to ensure he doesn’t get into anything he shouldn’t. First of all, if you have poisonous holiday plants around the house, keep them in a place where your pets–especially kitties–can’t reach them. Christmas presents with small or dangerous parts should be safeguarded to prevent accidental ingestion. Finally, any string or ribbons should be tossed out or placed inside a box after the gift has been opened. Long pieces of string can get tangled in your pet’s intestines and potentially kill him.
Ensure a safe and happy holiday for all by keeping danger far out of reach. Not only is fire a danger during the holiday season, but so are poisonous plants, string, alcohol, and more. Before your guests arrive for the holidays, prepare your house for Christmas, Hanukkah, and other holiday visitors.
2009 Holiday Safety Tips