Christmas Safety Tips for Families
Christmas is such a busy time of year. As you finish decorating your home, purchasing gifts and get ready to take some time off from work, it is important to make sure that you are taking your family’s safety into consideration.
To ensure that your holidays are happy, you will have to make them safe as well. There are a few Christmas safety tips that you should consider this holiday season.
Home Safety Tips for Christmas
- Be careful with the fireplace – Whether you have a gas fireplace or a natural one, it is considered a heat source that can be potentially dangerous. Keep pets and children away from the fireplace, never place decorations directly in front of it and always turn it off before heading to bed.
- Keep walkways and driveways clear – Clear your walkways and driveway clear of ice and snow. This will help to avoid accidents occurring when guests or delivery services visit your home.
- Decorate safely – While you want your decorations to look gorgeous, you don’t want to be sacrificing safety to do it. Always be careful when installing indoor and outdoor decorations, taking the proper safety precautions to avoid slips and falls and always make sure all décor is properly secured.
- Install lights carefully– Keep all décor away from heat sources and fire hazards and ensure all lights are certified for proper indoor or outdoor usage. It is also important to make sure to inspect all light strands for fraying or any other damage and never plug too many lights into an extension cord at once or plug extensions cords into another extension cord. Always turn off the lights when leaving or going to bed.
- Keep live trees watered – When choosing a live tree, make sure it’s extremely fresh. Keep it watered to make sure that it doesn’t try out and become a fire hazard.
- Test smoke alarms – Make sure to test your smoke alarms frequently. Especially over the holidays to ensure they are functioning correctly.
- Be careful of plants – Poinsettias and mistletoe can both be harmful if in the wrong hands. There are also other holiday plants that can be harmful as well such as Christmas cherry, amaryllis and holly. If you still want to have these plants make sure they are placed out of your children’s reach.
While Christmas is a busy time of year, it is important to make holiday safety a huge priority. After all, Christmas is the time for family fun and creating memories, it should never be a time for accidents and negativity.