A common theme that many insurance companies are asked about centers around safety tips, particularly during the holiday season. The holidays are supposed to be a time of merriment and joy, don’t let them get ruined because you didn’t take the necessary safety precautions. Here are our top five safety tips for the holiday season.
If you celebrate Christmas, a holiday tree is likely a tradition for you and your family. While holiday trees can be wonderfully festive, they can also be dangerous if not taken care of properly.
Remember to always get a freshly cut tree, trees that are a bit older tend to dry out quickly, which causes them to catch fire much more easily. In that same line of thinking, be sure to never put your tree up by a source of heat, like a heating vent.
Once the tree dries out and the needles start falling, it’s time to dispose of your tree. Much like how buying an older tree is a fire hazard, so is keeping one too long. Once those holiday trees dry out, they’re essentially just a tall piece of kindling.
Holiday lights are one of our favorite holiday traditions, but also need to adhere to certain basic safety standards. The most common mistake we see with holiday lights is the improper use of electrical outlets. It’s important not to overload a socket with numerous lights that suck up a serious amount of wattage. Instead, make sure your holiday lights are always plugged into a surge protector.
Remember to turn your lights off when you’re not home, and only use outdoor-certified light strands if you are putting up any kind of lights outdoors.
Cozy candlelight and roaring fireplaces are close to synonymous with the holidays. If you are using candles during the holidays, remember to check them frequently to make sure they don’t burn too far down, or drip hot wax on something flammable.
If you are using a fireplace, be sure to have your flue checked before the first fire of the season. Always, make sure the flue is open before lighting a fire, and never burn wrapping paper in a fireplace! The fumes they release when burning can be very unhealthy.
Of course, it’s also important to remember to never leave a burning fireplace, or candles unattended.
Entertaining guests and having big holiday dinners is another time-honored holiday tradition. Never leave the stove unattended when cooking, and remember to turn off all heat sources when you’re done! It’s also a good idea to keep hot trays and cooking racks out of the reach of any wandering hands.
Pets And Decorating
Ornaments can make for gorgeous and festive halloween decorations, but can also be tantalizing hazards for any pets that are around. Be sure to place all your small ornaments and decorations out of reach of little children and pets.
Many popular holiday decorations such as mistletoe and holly berries can be poisonous if they are ingested. Always keep those far out of reach if you are going to have any kids or pets around the house.
All this being said, it’s important to recognize that accidents happen to even the most prepared of people. That’s why it’s important, not only to follow our safety suggestions, but also to protect your family and your assets with the proper insurance policy. The staff at TGS Insurance are always ready to talk and find the perfect insurance policy for your needs, and your budget. Visit www.tgsinsurance.com for more information.