The holiday season comes with lots of anticipation; from meeting family members and creating wonderful memories to trying out new recipes and the fun that goes along with the season. With the festive mood in high gear, though, it is very easy to let your guard down. Anticipations of fun and happiness can quickly be replaced by the misfortune of accidents, losses and pain. Thus, it is important to keep some holiday home safety factors at the back of your mind every single day (and night).
- Take good care of your Christmas decorations
- A dry Christmas tree will quickly be consumed by fire as compared to a well-watered one. To reduce the fire risk possible from electric shorts and candle flames, ensure that your tree is well watered before it is mounted and throughout the duration over which it will be indoors. If you choose to spruce up your home with any other plants, ensure that you know whether they can be poisonous to kids or animal or not for safety precautions.
- Also, when handling decorations like angel hair, it is important to follow all the instructions for their use. Made from material that can irritate the skin, angel hair for instance, should never be handled without gloves or kept close to the eyes. There are instructions that come with artificial snow product. Ensure that they are followed to avoid injury to your lungs when spraying.
- When installing lighting for on or in your house, ensure that there are no live wires which can cause shocks. Check to make sure that the sockets are in good working order before you set the lights up.
- Be mindful of the youngsters in the house when mounting decorations. Fragile ornaments, for instance, should be made difficult to reach. If you have glass flower vases, do not leave them in an open place.
- Minding fires
- Never leave candles of any size unattended even when mounted on safety instruments or on stable surfaces. Be sure also, to keep them away from children and trees, upholstery or rugs.
- For better home safety, chimneys and fireplaces should be checked out and kept in proper shape prior to the holidays. Avoid burning items like wrapping paper or flower wreaths as they can easily cause sparks which can increase the chances of a chimney fire.
- If a juicy, fried turkey is in your plans, consider using an oil-less machine to prepare it or to buy a ready one from a restaurant. If these options are not viable to use, keep the fryer a safe distance from the house and kids during use. Ensure that the ground is flat and steady so that the oil does not splash about. You might also want to insert only a dry turkey to cook or the oil might just fry splash and cook you together with the bird.
- Regardless of the cooking methods and open flames in your home, always be sure to have a fire extinguisher handy.
- Home Safety when gifting and during travel
- Carefully assess every toy you buy for young ones for safety. You do not want your little one choking on a toy tire or being injured by lithium-ion batteries. If your loved one has allergies, carefully check the kind of garments you buy to gift them.
- If you need to travel to or from a party, have a sober driver who will not touch alcohol. You may also want to follow the simple courtesy rules while using the road like not texting or talking on phone while driving. Having an emergency kit in the car can save a life or two just like ensuring that the car is in good condition before using it.
Remember, a good holiday is measured not only by the fun and enjoyment but also from minding home safety tips!