The holidays are a wonderful time of year, a time for family, friends, and reflection. The 2020 holiday season may look different for many of us, but exercising caution and staying safe still plays an important role in making the magic happen.
Many people visit loved ones or go on vacation during the holidays. Burglars are well aware of this so start by asking a neighbor to check in once and awhile. Very importantly, pause your mail and other deliveries. If these start to stack up at your front door or mailbox, you are essentially broadcasting your vacancy for the holidays.
Not only is it more expensive to leave your Christmas lights on at night, but it also may be dangerous. Strands of Christmas lights can short and in some cases start a fire. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, December is the deadliest month for electrical fires. This holiday season, enjoy the beauty of your lights, but switch them off while you are sleeping. Timers make it easy!
With the addition of Christmas lights, extra kitchen appliances and a bunch of new gadgets under the tree, be sure not to overburden your electrical outlets. You should never plug in more than one extension cord or power strip per outlet. If a power strip feels hot or starts to smell, unplug immediately and redistribute power.
Stay in the kitchen when cooking. Most fires in the kitchen occur because of leaving things unattended. Keep the area around the stove and oven clutter free. Don’t overload the stove or oven with too many things at once. Keeping a close eye on everything reduces the risk of fire!
By following a few safety precautions and by reminding your loved ones to to the same you can make this holiday a memorable and safe one. Happy holidays to all!