5 Tips for Celebrating the Season Safely

Posted by Omega Security on December 23, 2013

With the days getting shorter and shorter, the holiday season is fast approaching. Neighborhoods are lighting up, carolers are out, and decorating for the season has been added to everyone’s weekend to-do list. While we all want to have a fun holiday season, there are some important things to keep in mind to ensure you and your family are safe while celebrating. Here are five must-read safety tips for the holidays.
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1. Practice proper food safety – Between preparing the big Christmas meal and hosting holiday parties, it is important to always practice proper food safety while cooking. Always make sure to defrost frozen items in the refrigerator, use anti-bacterial cleaner and a clean rag to wipe down all kitchen surfaces. You want to do everything possible to avoid food contamination in the kitchen. Also, it is important to use sharp knives. Dull knives can slip and cause injury.

2. Take good care of your tree– Whether you’re getting a live tree or an artificial tree, you should always be mindful of where you set it up and what decorations you put on it. Make sure the tree is the proper distance away from any heat source or open flame. Keep any delicate or easily broken ornaments out of the reach of small children, and watch for old or faulty wiring. Most importantly, don’t forget to water your tree. In some cases trees may need to be watered every day to prevent them from drying out and becoming more of a fire risk.

3. Be mindful of where you keep your gifts– Tradition says gifts should be placed under the tree to be opened Christmas Day; however if your tree is displayed in front of a window, this might be a tempting offer to thieves looking for a score. Make sure to remove any gifts or boxes in the view of windows that can be seen from the street. You can put them back under the tree on Christmas Eve or early Christmas morning.

4. Use ladders safely– When decorating, everyone wants to go above and beyond to have the best holiday displays possible, and sometimes this means hanging that wreath or light in a hard to reach place. If you are using a step ladder to hang decorations, always lock the ladder before using it. If you need the extension ladder for a high spot, it is imperative that you keep one foot between the base of the ladder and the surface you are climbing for every four feet of ladder height. Finally, always make sure you have a spotter when climbing the ladder in the event that you lose your footing or the ladder becomes unstable.

5. Use LED lighting– All those rows and rows of lighting can really add a lot to your electric bill if you don’t have energy efficient lighting. By installing LED lighting around your house and tree, you can reduce energy use and save a little money over the holiday season.