As the holidays draw near, this is a traditionally wonderful time to welcome family and friends into your home or travel to see them. However, as the days get shorter, colder and snowier, there are a few safety tips you should keep in mind.
12 Do’s and Don’ts for the Holidays
DON’T let people know where you are going.
Although it is tempting to post your travel plans, pictures and videos in real-time, this can be a cue to invite burglars into your home. Wait until you get home and post all media at that time.
DO tell a trusted neighbor or relative how long you will be gone.
Stop your mail, but keep your snow removal process going. Ask your neighbor to check on your home every couple of days to see if there has been any noticeable activity around it. Better yet, have a college student house sit while you are away.
DON’T text and drive.
If you are driving to a family gathering, keep your phone away and turn on your do not disturb indicator that notes to the texter you are driving.
DO use Uber, Lyft or a designated driver.
As the holiday season is often a time of enjoying spirits, be sure to have a plan for yourself and/or your guests. Uber and Lyft drivers are now available in areas like Hudson Ohio – so go ahead and download the app and use it.
DON’T go “Clark Griswold” on the holiday lighting.
While you may want to have lighting in the inside and outside of your home, do not overload your outlets and circuits with excess electricity and cords.
DO inspect light strands and extension cords for fraying, broken sockets and cracked lights.
Replace burnt out lights and throw out any strands or extension cords that have broken sockets, shortages, and unraveling to them. December is the deadliest month for electrical fires, so if in doubt, throw it out!
DON’T expose your pets to the holiday plants.
Many plants are given as gifts this holiday season and can be poisonous to our furry friends. Holly, mistletoe, poinsettia and Christmas cactus are some of the main culprits. Set your plants up high so cats and dogs do not consume their leaves.
DO keep a shovel and snow-melt on hand.
Before your guests arrive and 30 minutes before they depart, be sure to shovel off the steps, walkway and driveway. Then put some snow-melt down so they don’t slip.
DON’T leave candles unattended.
Be sure to snuff out all candles when you are headed out or headed to bed in the evening.
DO keep candles away from decorations, trees or curtains.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, this is the primary way many home fires occur in December.
DON’T leave food out.
After the meal is over, be sure to put leftovers in the fridge within two hours of the meal. This will eliminate the risk of food poisoning to your family and guests.
DO eat leftovers within four days.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, it is best to consume all leftovers within this time period and throw anything left on the fifth day.
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