Holiday Safety Tips

The holiday season is nearly here, meaning people will begin decorating their homes and making travel plans. Here are some safety tips:

Fire Safety

Every holiday season, fires claim lives and cost millions in damage. To prevent holiday fires in your home, use nonflammable decorations, do not overload electrical sockets, water live Christmas trees regularly, and avoid the use of lit candles. Consider switching to LED (light-emitting diode) lights because they are much cooler than incandescent bulbs, reducing the risk of fires. Using LED holiday lights also saves energy and helps you keep your electricity bill down. As you should do year-round, ensure that your smoke alarms are working.

Travel Preparations

Before leaving, be sure to secure your home. Lock all doors and windows, and don't forget to set the alarm. Also, give your home that lived-in look to repel potential burglars. Have a friend collect your mail, set lights on timers, and don’t leave details of your trip on the answering machine or on social media. 

Here are more helpful hints for holiday travelers from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the top twelve safety tips for the holidays from the American Red Cross. Be safe and have a happy holiday season!