Over the holidays, a Safe Home is the Greatest Gift
The holidays are meant to be a time for celebration. The last thing you want to encounter is misfortune. So, whether you're staying at home to host or just relax, here's a safety checklist to help you focus on the festivities and avoid the unthinkable. Remember: presence of mind can be the best present of all.
Keep toys with small loose parts out of reach of younger children.
Make sure batteries in toys are properly installed and not accessible to children. Never let children go to bed with battery-operated toys or gadgets.
Quickly dispose of all packing materials that can choke or suffocate children, such as Styrofoam pellets, ties, plastic bags and wrapping.
Never leave lit candles unattended.
Keep lit candles in high places-away from children, pets and all decorations.
Use low-based candleholders that can't tip easily.
Trim candlewicks to prevent a high flickering flame.
Be aware of candles used in a centerpiece, burning too long or low might ignite the decorations.
If you're buying a real tree, check that it's fresh (its needles stubbornly stay on) and water it daily.
Secure your tree in a sturdy stand.
Place the tree away from high traffic areas, doorways and any heat-generators: ducts, vents, radiators, stoves or fireplaces.
Keep tree decorations that are delicate, sharp, breakable or have small removable parts near the top of the tree.
Remove your tree soon after the holidays, whenever the needles start to fall. Check with your municipality for a tree-recycling program.
Never use indoor lights outside, or vice versa.
Check all light bulbs before stringing them up and replace broken or burned-out bulbs with those recommended by the manufacturer.
Discard any light strings that are frayed or have exposed wires, loose connections or broken light sockets.
Never run electrical cords under carpets or through doorways.
Never overload outlets.
Always remember to turn off all holiday lights before bedtime and when you leave your home.
Away from home during the holidays? Here are a few tips to deter thieves
Maintaining the illusion of everyday activity is the first defense against intruders. Use inexpensive automatic timers to turn on lights, the radio and even the television. Remember to stagger on-and-off times at realistic intervals.
Sliding patio doors and garage doors are particularly vulnerable to thieves. Secure sliding doors with a steel rod. A simple padlock on the track of your garage door will help thwart attempts to force it open.
Ask a neighbor to collect your mail and bring garbage bins to the curb. Give them a key so they can check inside the house, too. Cancel newspapers and scheduled deliveries or have them redirected to a neighbor.
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