Keep your holidays disaster-free with these decoating safety tips from Domestic CEO.
In all the excitement of the holiday season, we can sometimes forget about home safety - like, say, skipping a few steps in the tree decorating process that might result in a fire or accident. So for a happy and healthy holiday, follow these steps to ensure that you, your family, and your guests stay safe, and enjoy the celebrations worry-free.>
In the Kitchen
Did you know cooking accidents are the number 1 cause of house fires? Here are some kitchen rules to follow - and not just at holiday time:
- It’s easy to lose track of what’s on the stove when you are multi-tasking, but an unattended pot can quickly turn into a disaster. Stay focused when cooking, and don’t leave the kitchen for any great length of time when you’ve got a pot or pan on the stovetop.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy, and be sure to check it regularly to make sure it’s still charged. If not, get it recharged or purchase a new one.
- Keep baking soda handy if a small fire breaks out on the stove. Baking soda is awesome at killing a grease fire.
- If you plan to use a turkey fryer for your holiday meal, be sure to read all the instructions and follow all the safety rules. If you are unsure about any of the instructions, watch a few videos on YouTube showing the right and wrong ways to use a turkey fryer.
- If using sterno to keep foods warm on a buffet table, be sure someone is monitoring this. Keep anything flammable like table runners, table cloths, or cloth napkins away from any open flames.
Light it Up
Who doesn’t love lots of twinkling lights? Holiday decorations are lovely, but be sure to take all the approproate safety measures when lighting things up:
- Carefully inspect any strings of lights you've used in previous years. If there are cracks, frayed wires, or loose connections, toss them out.
- Do not use more than one extension cord when plugging in your outdoor lights.. If need be, purchase a new extension cord that is long enough to reach the outlet.
- When stringing lights outside, be sure they are certified for outdoor use.
- When putting up outdoor lights, don’t use a staple gun or nails, which could puncture through the electrical wiring. Instead, use hooks specifically designed for outdoor lighting displays.
- Keep electrical connectors or multi-plug outlets off the ground and especially away from rain gutters.
- Turn holiday lights off whenever you leave your home. This goes for those both inside and outside.