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Practice Christmas Safety in Your Home

Trees
Many artificial trees are fire resistant. If you buy one, look for a statement specifying this protection.
A fresh tree will stay green longer and be less of a fire hazard than a dry tree. To check for freshness, remember:
A fresh tree is green.
Fresh needles are hard to pull from branches.
When bent between your fingers, fresh needles do not break.
The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin.
When the trunk of a tree is bounced on the ground, a shower of falling needles shows that tree is too dry.
Place tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Heated rooms dry trees out rapidly, creating fire hazards.
Cut off about two inches of the trunk to expose fresh wood for better water absorption. Trim away branches as necessary to set tree trunk in the base of a sturdy, water-holding stand with wide spread feet. Keep the stand filled with water while the tree is indoors.
Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways. Use thin guy-wires to secure a large tree to walls or ceiling. These wires are almost invisible.

Find more HERE

Home
Install a smoke detector or new batteries in the one(s) you have and TEST it.
Use only outdoor lights outside your home.
Examine light strings each year, discard worn ones.
Fasten the bulbs securely and point the sockets down to avoid moisture build up.
Connect no more than three strands together.
Never use indoor extension cords outside.
Avoid overloading will outlets and extension cords.

Read more about home safety HERE

Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety. Identify these by the label from an independent testing laboratory.
Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets or repair them before using.
Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house, walls or other firm support to protect from wind damage.
Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.
Turn off all lights on trees and other decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. Lights could short and start a fire.
Never use electric lights on a metallic tree.
The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and any person touching a branch could be electrocuted! To avoid this danger, use colored spotlights above or beside a tree, never fastened onto it!
Keep “bubbling” lights away from children. These lights with their bright colors and bubbling movement can tempt curious children to break candle-shaped glass, which can cut, and attempt to drink liquid, which contains a hazardous chemical.

Before You Shop
Carry small amounts of cash.
Carry keys, credit cards and cash separate from each other.
Be extremely careful using ATM machines.
While Shopping
If you have to carry a purse, carry it close to your body and always have it zipped.
Park close to where you are going and in a well-lit area.
Be Alert.
After Shopping
Leave the mall before closing time; it is safer to walk out of the mall with other people.
When hurried or in a crowded shop, make sure you get all forms of ID and credit cards returned to you before leaving.
Use an escort or mall security if you have a lot of packages or if you are leaving the mall after closing.
Check under your car as you approach it; this is a common spot for criminals to hide.
Check the interior of your car.
At Home
After opening gifts, break down cardboard boxes of expensive electronics and put them in plastic bags to hide the fact you have valuable items in your home.

Holiday Food Safety
‘Tis the Season to Ring in New Home Food Safety Traditions
Eat, drink and be merry with these simple home food safety tips from the American Dietetic Association and ConAgra Foods. Read more HERE


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