The movie, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation starring Chevy Chase, is a classic example of what can go wrong during the holiday season. Although the movie shows extreme scenarios, it’s always a good idea to keep and eye out for some common trip-ups, fire hazards and other safety snafus to keep your family safe over the holidays. Here is a list of things to watch out for:
As you’re putting up your holiday decorations, it may be an obvious one, but never connect more than one extension cord together. Instead, use a single cord that is long enough to reach the power outlet without stretching. Also for outside decorations, use a certified outdoor timer to switch the lights on and off.
If you are still in the process of hanging outdoor lights, use insulated tape or plastic clips instead of metal nails or tacks to hold them in place and keep electrical connectors off the ground and away from any type of metal.
And if you’re using a ladder when you put up lights, choose the correct one for the job. Make sure it is stable and on a balanced surface before you go up.
The Christmas Tree
When you’re out with the family Christmas tree shopping, try to purchase one that us freshly cut. Older trees are dry and can create a hazard. Always keep the Christmas tree watered and away from wood-burning fireplaces and candles.
When it’s time to put your lights on the tree, inspect them and discard any with frayed cords, cracked lamp holders, or loose connections. If you have to replace the bulbs, unplug the lights first before taking each one out.
Also keep your tree decorations out of the reach of curious dogs and cats to avoid a disaster.
Finally, always turn off the Christmas tree lights when you leave the house or when going to bed.
Clear the Clutter
This is the time of year when family and friend drop by for food and drink. And when they do, make sure all your cooking surfaces clutter-free so no accidents happen. Also keep hallways and stairs well-lit and free of clutter.
Don’t be distracted
Once you home is clutter-free make sure you’re not distracted. Don’t leave the kitchen unattended if you are grilling, frying or cooking.
Watch for Slippery Walkways
Before your guests come over, make sure your walkways are clear and use sand or salt so Grandma doesn’t lose her footing and slip.
Curb the Alcohol
There is always that one family member who tends to over-do it over the holidays. So try to have a good selection of non-alcoholic beverages on hand and make sure everyone has a safe ride home.
By following these quick safety tips, your holiday season will be joyous, merry and bright! Happy Holidays from Kodiak Property Management!
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