Safety Tips for the Holidays

The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year.

Unfortunately, there are many risks that can occur in between the festivities and joy. Here are a few holiday safety tips that can protect you from harm or danger both physically and online.

Keep an Eye on Your Tree

Although Christmas trees are beautiful to look at, they can easily become a fire hazard in your home. Be sure to properly water your tree so that it does not easily catch on fire, and keep the branches at least three feet away from candles and fireplaces. Also, if you place Christmas lights on your tree, you might want to replace older strands to prevent overheating or sparks. Oh, and if you’ve bought a fake tree, be sure that it’s fire resistant.

Stay Safe While Cooking

Fire hazards can happen in the kitchen while cooking. Be sure to stay in the kitchen while you are cooking your delicious holiday dinner. Here are a few good tips to prevent risk:

  • Check your smoke detector.
  • Clean your oven before the holiday cooking bonanza
  • Always keep an eye on the stove, grill, or oven.
  • Protect your laptops and tablets. Keep them safe from the sink and be careful not to knock them off the counter.

Check Your Technology

Holiday gifts come in different forms, and technology is definitely a popular present. However, taking preventive measures to preserve your privacy and have security is very important. When you obtain your new technology, make sure to go through the settings and find any privacy controls. If your gift has been used, don’t forget to do a full reset on the device to wipe away any previous accounts and data.

Watch out for Pets

For a dog or cat, all that glitter and gold is new and exciting! Buddy won’t get hurt if you use unbreakable ornaments on your tree. It’s a good idea to invest in a gate or fence to border your tree when you won’t be in the room to keep an eye on your four-pawed friend. Lastly, Poinsettias are poisonous, so keep them away from your pets!

Stay Alert

Wether your walking or driving, put the phone down! Between driving conditions and the holiday rush, you’ll need to stay vigilant on and off foot. That means no text and walking or driving.

Don’t let your holiday fun get spoiled. Using these holiday safety tips can help you enjoy the season without any problems getting in the way.