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12 Day-ngers of Christmas ~ Think Safety!

Christmas-Danger-911ThinkSigns-CasperBy Chuck Freels

To keep you, your family and others SAFE! 

While getting ready for the Holidays, don’t forget to think Safety. It is easy to get caught up with shopping, visiting and the traveling that goes with it, so many people tend to take the safety aspect for granted.  The tips below are not in any particular order – It never hurts to refresh basic rules.

  • While driving, make sure you continue to use safety measures.  You know the ones . . . . . Keep your doors locked, park in highly lit areas, don’t leave presents or valuables out in the open on the seat of your car (Hide them under something), have your keys in your hands before you leave the store/building, pay attention to your surroundings and only go out if it looks safe . . . things like that.
  • If you use an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), much like above, pay attention to your surroundings and only go out if it looks safe, shield your pin when you punch it in, only use a well lit area – or one inside a public store/building, and make sure you keep your receipt!
  • While you’re at home – keep your doors locked.  During the Holidays the chance of being burglarized increases dramatically.
  • Tree safety is extremely important too.  I know it looks really pretty, but it won’t stay that way if you don’t water it.  So take those few extra minutes and give the poor tree a drink.  It will help keep it moist and help keep the chance from it catching on fire.  We also unplug ours at as well.  The tree doesn’t need to look good for the cat.  Also make sure it is put up sturdy so little children don’t get hurt when (yes, I said when – it was almost invertible in my home when my children were little) they ‘accidentally’ run into the tree.
  • If you are entertaining, remember to have on hand and offer the designated driver non-alcoholic beverages.  Find out at the beginning of the evening (or day) who is the Designated Driver so you can help keep them on track.  And remember to THANK THEM for keeping who they are driving safe – and for keeping others on the road safe too.
  • If you are out celebrating the Holidays – make sure you have a Designated Driver – or offer to be the Designated Driver for the loved ones you are with.
  • If you are traveling out of town for overnight or for an extended amount of time don’t advertise it.  Put your lights on a timer, get a neighbor to get your mail, newspapers and any packages left on your doorway, and you can even notify the police to ask them to put out an extra eye for you.
  • If you have children and take them shopping – make sure you teach them to stay near you at all times, make sure they know that if they are displaced for them to go to a store clerk or mall security (etc…), don’t let them walk to the vehicle alone, if they are old enough make sure they know their first and last name along with what other information (for their age) they can learn (such as phone number address etc…), and escort them to the restroom.
  • Around your home keep extra care with infants and small children.  Ok, keeping infants safe should be easier than keeping small children safe, but safety should always be a forefront concern with all children.  Here are just a few tips: Toys and/or toy parts for children under three years of age should be no smaller than 1 1/4 inches in diameter and 2 1/4 inches long. When decorating the tree, put smaller ornaments on the top part of the tree to keep choking hazards out of a child’s reach and check light strands for any frayed wires or other fire hazards, read and follow all safety instructions on toys – if the child is old enough read them out loud to them so they understand their importance.
  • If you have Pets they can become very anxious about all of the changes that are going on within your home.  I always heard that Poinsettias can kill pets, they will make them sick to their stomach it won’t kill them, Mistletoe is extremely toxic and can kill your pet, but the Christmas Lily can kill your cat in hours – either way I would be careful with all plants.  And candy, especially dark chocolate can make dogs very sick – If a small dog eats as little as 1.5 ounces of unsweetened dark chocolate, it can be deadly according to Dr. Dennis Young in an article I read.  And also keep all tree ornaments and decorations from their reach if possible.
  • LED Christmas tree lights are much safer than the old incandescent Christmas tree lights for your tree.  The incandescent Christmas tree light bulbs have a higher chance of igniting a fire on a dried out tree or decorations, plus you get the added benefit of saving energy – about 70%!
  • Cooking safety is also a biggie.  During the Holidays more people cook, so take the added precautions and stay safe there too.  Especially keep safety in mind if you are going to deep fry your Turkey!

So as you can guess, the point of these tips is to help you stay focused on what is really important.  To keep you, your family and others SAFE!  And of course to help let all Emergency Responders have more time off to enjoy with family and friends.

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