Holiday Home Safety Tips

 

With Christmas and New Year's only a few weeks away, the holiday season is in full swing for families across the country. While this usually results in Christmas shopping, travel planning and large gatherings, the ongoing pandemic is bound to change how families go about celebrating this year. However, with safety precautions such as social distancing and reduced gathers in effect, there are still holiday safety tips that all families can follow to ensure and provide a fun and safe holiday season. 

 

What are holiday safety tips, you may ask? Holiday safety tips revolve around taking extra precautions for the added risks that holiday celebrations may bring. This article will go over what those risks are, and how to minimize them as much as possible for you and your family. 

 

The first risk is the subject of candles and fireplaces. Winter is the perfect time of the year to use your fireplace and light candles throughout your home. Unfortunately, at the same time, a good amount of house fires are reported each year due to the misuse of candles and fireplaces. This is usually caused by decorations catching fire, or a combustible object is placed too close to the flame. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent fires within your home. Following these tips will ensure that you can enjoy your fireplace or candles without worry. 
 

  • Don't leave any fires unattended.
     
  • Avoid leaving any fires ongoing while asleep.
     
  • Blow out candles before they reach the end of the wick. 
     
  • Keep an open space between the fire and any surrounding objects. 
     
  • Note that candles are on sturdy surfaces. 
     

Other holiday safety steps revolve around your house in making sure it is prepared for the winter. Many families live in areas where they receive snowfalls each season. Stocking up on items such as salt, shovels and snow blowers will help deal with seasonal hazards. Cleaning your chimney and weather sealing on your house are also ways to prepare your home properly for the cold weather. 

 

Furthermore, Christmas trees can be a hot topic around this time of the year. When not assembled correctly, Christmas trees are often the culprit to many house fires during the holiday season. There are a few ways to prevent these fires from happening by following the tips listed below. 
 

  • Avoid intertwining your wires.
     
  • Keep away from heat sources.
     
  • Consider getting a fake tree.
     
  • Get rid of your tree before it completely dries out.
     

Lastly, general tips for home safety are essential to remember, as well. Having a checklist for preventive items and making sure that they work correctly will help prevent potential damage to your home. These items consist of smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, antiflame fabric and other items designed to prevent injuries.   

 

The law firm of Hupy and Abraham hopes that you and your loved ones can enjoy the holidays safely using these resources. For more information and resources, visit hupy.com and also visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HupyandAbraham/.

 

 

Jason F. Abraham
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