During the holiday season, it is important to keep safety at the top of your list of priorities for yourself, your colleagues and your loved ones. Here are 5 crucial holiday safety tips, courtesy of the Huffington Post.
1. If you're traveling, don't post your travel plans online
Make sure to keep travel plans off your social media networks. Don’t post where you’re going, when you are leaving, or when you will be back, because you’re basically just making a thief’s job easier. Let a trustworthy neighbor know if you’re planning to go out of town for the holiday season, so that they can keep an eye on your house. Have the neighbor grab your mail and newspapers while you’re away. Don’t hide a key outside the house!
2. Be careful: December is the deadliest month for electrical fires!
Before you string lights on your house or trees, inspect the strands, to make sure there aren’t any frayed cords or cracked bulbs. Also, don’t use indoor lights outside and vice versa. Check the tag on the string of lights to be sure.
3. Heating equipment, like furnaces and fireplaces, can cause house fires if mismanaged.
Make sure to have a professional inspect your furnace and clean the chimney before you heat your home. Find a professional in your area, by searching in Hometalk’s database of professionals with the keywords “Heating and Cooling,” or with your zip code.
4. Be safe with small flames and fires this holiday.
Don’t leave candles unattended, and don’t put stockings near a heat source (chimney/fireplace). Be sure to install or check smoke alarms, and unplug your Christmas tree during sleeping hours.
5. Know what to do in case of a grease fire.
Take extra precautions with turkey fryers (be sure the oil used to fry the turkey is the right temperature and always fry outside, in a well-ventilated area.) Don’t use water to extinguish a grease fire — instead, douse the fire with baking soda.
Follow these simple safety tips, to ensure that you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season!