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Holiday Safety

Holiday Safety


  • Make sure that fragile glass ornaments or ornaments that small children could mistake for candy are placed high on the tree or consider not using them
  • If small children are in the home do not use older ornaments that may be made with toxic materials such as lead based paints
  • Make sure that tinsel is not placed on low limbs where it could pose a choking hazard to small children or consider not using it at all


  • Don't use your fireplace to burn wrapping materials which can create toxic fumes or even a flash fire
  • Use kindling and wooden matches to light fires - not flammable liquids
  • Don't wear loose clothes when tending fires
  • Keep flammable decorations away from the fireplace
  • Don't close the chimney flue until the fire is COMPLETELY out
  • Make sure the fire is out before leaving the house or going to bed
  • Dispose of ashes in a metal container and never in or near the house

Fire Hazards

  • Place candles in a holder that will not tip
  • If you place candles in a window make sure they are clear of curtains or drapes
  • Extinguish all candles before leaving or going to bed
  • NEVER place lit candles on your tree

Smoke Detectors & Fire


  • Smoke detectors should be installed on each floor and outside each bedroom
  • Don't place smoke detectors in kitchens where false alarms are common
  • Test smoke detectors at least once a month and replace batteries annually
  • Buy a fire extinguisher and inspect it frequently


  • Use an ashtray that large, deep and will not tip over
  • Empty ashtrays often
  • After a party, check all surface areas for smoldering cigarette butts - even behind pillows and cushions

Holiday Food Preparation

To Avoid Food Poisoning:

  • Keep food, utensils, preparation surfaces and hands clean
  • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold
  • Refrigerate leftovers as soon as possible after the meal

Preparing the Turkey:

  • Defrost the turkey in the refrigerator - NEVER at room temperature
  • Stuff the turkey just before cooking to prevent the stuffing from spoiling
  • Use a meat thermometer to assure complete cooking

Holiday Parties and Alcohol

  • Don't drink alcohol in excess of one per hour
  • 1 beer = 1 shot of whiskey = 1 glass of wine
  • Never drink alcohol on an empty stomach
  • Feel free to refuse alcohol regardless of pressure or encouragement to drink
  • Don't drink alcohol if you are pregnant or are using medication

Holiday Traveling

  • Plan your trip with scheduled rest stops and activities for small children
  • Leave an itinerary with a friend so someone knows where you are
  • Dont overload your vehicle or obstruct your view with packages
  • Avoid a heavy meal before leaving on a trip to prevent sleepiness.
  • Get a good night's sleep before starting on the road
  • Follow other vehicles at a safe distance
  • If traveling in winter weather, carry emergency equipment such as first aid kit, blankets, compass, flashlight, flares, etc.

Safe Shopping

  • Avoid carrying large packages that block your vision and make you a target for purse snatchers
  • Ask store for an escort to your car - some now provide this service some now provide this service
  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible
  • Always park in well lit areas
  • Carry your wallet in your front pocket
  • Carry your purse close to your body or under your coat
  • Have your keys in your hand before you go to your car

Holiday Stress Releivers

  • To avoid stress: Don't blow your budget
  • Budget your time as well as your money
  • Start planning your gift list early
  • Don't try to do everything yourself
  • Make some fun plans for January when the post holiday blues set in


  • Holiday Safety List
  • Fresh Tree
  • Lights and Decorations
  • Fire in the Fireplace
  • Holiday Food
  • Party Plans
  • Travel
  • Shopping
  • Stress Relievers
All add up to a SAFE HOLIDAY