During this time of year, we change our home decor and meal plans to reflect the holidays. The key to an excellent holiday is keeping everyone safe.
5.Know The Difference Between Indoor And Outdoor Lights
There is a difference between indoor and outdoor lights. Plug outdoor lights into a ground-fault circuit interrupter (CFCI)-protected receptacle. You can pick up a portable one in a big box store or order one online. Secure outdoor lighting with clips, hooks, or insulated holders. Do not use nails or tacks.
4. Turn Off Everything At Night
Go through your home nightly to make sure all lights are off, and candles are blown out. Check the fireplace and space heater if you have one.
3. Watch The Kids And Pets
The chances are that your home looks different during the holiday season. Holiday lights and Christmas trees with ornaments are a natural draw for small children, cats, and dogs. Place older and more valuable items out of reach. Keep poinsettias out of reach of your pets. Never leave small kids near fireplaces or space heaters.
2. Take Care In The Kitchen
Were you aware that unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home (in the U.S.)? Make sure you keep oven mitts and kitchen towels away from your stovetop. Don’t throw hot grease in the garbage. If you’re making seasonal dishes, familiarize yourself with the recipe ahead of preparation. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
- Make sure you create an evacuation plan for your family in case of an emergency.
- Pick a place outdoors for your family to meet.
- Conduct practice runs.
- Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in your home, and that family members know how to use it.