As you make final preparations for holiday and family celebrations, take simple safety steps to help ensure a safe and bright holiday season. This isn’t just the time of year that we eat more than usual, it’s also the time when we have the most household accidents and fires.
1. Stay focused and attentive to baking, brewing, and simmering foods.
2. Keep cooking areas clean and clear of grease.
3. Do not leave combustible items, such as towels or pot holders, near the stove top.
4. Never plug more than one high-wattage appliance into a single outlet.
5. Always have a working fire extinguisher on hand, and know how to operate it.
6. Choose the right light for the job. Light strings and other decorations are rated for indoor or outdoor use.
7. Read the package instructions, and never exceed the recommended wattage.
8. Replace damaged electrical products (cords, plugs, ornaments).
9. Avoid plugging too many lights and decorations into an outlet. Overloaded circuits can overheat and start a fire.
10. Use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) when plugging in outdoors,
11. Buy only decorations with the mark of UL, ETL, CSA, and CE the package.