The holiday season is in full swing, and with it comes its fair share of hazards. Fire, illness and injury all pose a risk during the winter months, so keep your home and family safe this holiday season by following these steps to stay safe and minimize these risks.
Avoid creating fire hazards around your home with a few fire safety tips.
- Before hanging any lights, be sure to inspect before using. Do not string more than three sets of lights together, avoid overloading outlets, and use as directed (either as indoor or outdoor lights) to avoid electrical issues. If leaving the house or going to sleep, be sure to turn off the lights or unplug.
- If decorating a live tree, water it daily to prevent dying out.
- Keep stockings, gifts, decorations and other flammable objects at least three feet away from open flames and space heaters.
- Consider using battery-operated flameless candles.
- Take the time to follow safety precautions to avoid any incidents. Make sure to clean grease and dust from your oven and stovetop frequently.
- Most importantly, never leave your kitchen unattended while something is cooking.
Be mindful of your health this holiday season and take good care of yourself.
- Prevent the spread of germs and wash your hands frequently.
- Bundle up and stay dry. Bring extra socks with you when you go out, especially if there’s rain.
- Keep your stress in check by monitoring your spending, getting enough sleep, staying relaxed and maintain a positive work-life balance.
- Stay up-to-date on your vaccinations. Flu season peaks during the holiday season, so be sure to get your flu shot!
- Don’t overeat this season, though it may be tempting. Be active every day and eat healthier by avoiding sugar, salt and fats.
Follow safe driving tips during the holiday season.
- Be alert for distracted pedestrians, especially in busy shopping center parking lots which are crowded due to the holiday season.
- Do not use your phone while driving.
- If you are driving to a holiday party where alcohol will be served, plan for a designated driver or get a ride to and from the party.
- Have a safety kit in your car, in case of inclement weather or an unexpected event.
- Get a vehicle check-up before you leave on a trip to ensure your vehicle’s coolant is topped off, the tires have plenty of tread and your brakes are in safe, working condition.
- If you are driving outside the state of Florida and are heading to the northeast, be sure your vehicle has been winter-proofed in the event of heavy snow or sleet.
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