Holiday Safety Tips

As you gather with your friends and family this holiday season, we want to help protect you and your home.  Here are some simple holiday safety tips to make sure your holidays go off without a hitch.

Keep your tree fresh by watering daily.  Dry trees are a serious fire hazard.

Watch the waste.  Pouring leftover oil down the kitchen drain can damage pipes.  Put cooled oils into a sealed container before disposing of.

Protect your pets.  Popular holiday plants can be poisonous: mistletoe, holly, poinsettias, lilies, etc.  Check with your vet before you bring a plant home.

Never connect more than three strings of lights.  More than three may not only blow a fuse, but can also cause a fire.  Avoid overloading outlets and plug only one high-wattage appliance into each outlet at a time.

Protect cords from damage.  To avoid shock or fire hazards, cords should never be pinched by furniture, forced into small spaces such as doors or windows, placed under rugs, located near heat sources, or attached by nails or staples.

Pump up the pressure.  In your car tires that is.  Colder weather can lower your car’s tire pressure.  Before you head out for holiday shopping, make sure your tires are properly inflated – 3 psi above the recommended pressure is a good rule of thumb.  Contact your manufacturer or check your car owner’s manual for more information.

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