The holidays are a time to relax and enjoy time with family and loved ones. With the holiday festivities come inherent dangers, and certain safety precautions should be taken to ensure everyone has a fun and safe holiday. Here are our 5 top safety tips:
1. Be Careful with Lighted Candles
Lighted candles provide a feeling of warmth that just shouts holiday cheer. If you choose to light your candles, be sure to keep them far away from any decorations like Christmas trees, garland, icicles, and any home decor, like drapes or any other flammable items. If you are concerned, electronic candles are always a great alternative to a flame, and they look so real, you won’t even be able to tell the difference!
2. Make sure your artificial tree is fire-resistant
If you choose to buy an artificial Christmas tree, be sure that the tree is labeled as fire-resistant. It is also important to unplug your lights if you are not going to be there to monitor them. If you choose to buy a real tree, make sure to water your tree regularly, as a dry tree presents a much higher fire risk.
3. Cook Proteins to the proper internal temperature
When hosting a family dinner, the last thing you’d want to do is make your family sick by not cooking dishes to the proper internal temperature. Whether you’re cooking a ham, turkey, or another less traditional protein, you should get a cooking thermometer to make sure the internal temperature is at the ideal for the type of meat you are cooking. FoodSafety.gov has a great chart displaying the minimum cooking temperatures.
4. Drink and Designate Responsibly
Many people break out the wine and hot toddies during the holidays. While it is fine to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two as long as you are of age, it is imperative to always have a plan for safely getting home. Before you pop the cork on the wine, make sure you have selected a designated driver. Drinking and driving not only puts yourself at risk, but it endangers everyone else on the road as well. We want everyone to have a great time, but even more than that, we want everyone to stay safe! There are many great ride-sharing apps like Lyft or Uber that are great for letting everyone have a fun, safe time.
5. Don’t Post Too Much on Social Media
While you want to share family photos on your social media networks, it may be best to hold off until you are back home. Thefts are very common during the holiday season, and posting that you are out of town only opens you up to the chance of valuables being stolen from your home. If you have a neighbor staying home, it is a good idea to ask them to keep an eye on your home. This is another reason why it is a good idea to create a Home Inventory Checklist, so you can make sure you have the proper amount of coverage for your personal property.