Christmas Safety Tips And Advice For Parents
With the holidays officially upon us, it’s time to start making some lists and checking them twice! And no, we’re not talking about gift lists (although those are important, too). We’re talking about safety! With all of the beautiful lights and decorations we put up during the holidays, it’s important to make sure we’re following proper safety guidelines. This is especially important if you have kids around! They just love to touch everything, don’t they? These Christmas safety tips will help keep your home warm, cozy, and safe during the holidays!
1. BEFORE PUTTING UP THOSE TWINKLING LIGHTS, CHECK EACH STRAND CAREFULLY.
Check for frayed cords, exposed wires, and broken or loose bulbs in every strand. When changing out bulbs, make sure you unplug the strand before removing a dead bulb and replacing it with a new one.
2. MAKE SURE TO UNPLUG LIGHTS WHEN YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE OR GO TO BED!
As much as we love the twinkle of lights on the tree, it’s so important to unplug all indoor and outdoor lights before you leave the house or go to bed, to prevent them from getting too hot or shorting out the outlet.
3. USE A TIMER TO LIMIT YOUR ENERGY CONSUMPTION.
Rather than having to remember to plug the lights in every evening, use a CSA International certified timer. Set the timer to come on after 7 p.m. to avoid peak energy hours.
4. IF YOU’RE TEAM REAL TREE, LOOK FOR A FRESHLY CUT TREE.
Freshly cut trees have more moisture and are more resistant to ignition. Keep your tree well-watered and away from candles and fireplaces.
5. MAKE SURE YOU BUY LIGHTS WITH THE PROPER CERTIFICATION MARK.
Look for the certification mark of an accredited organization, such as CSA International, UL, or ELT. That way, you can be sure the items meet and comply with safety and performance standards.
6. DON’T CREATE A JUMBLE OF EXTENSION CORDS!
Never connect more than one extension cord together to make it long enough to reach an outlet. Use the proper length, and use one extension cord that can reach without pulling too taut, but isn’t too long that it tangles up.
7. KEEP ELECTRICAL CONDUCTORS OFF THE GROUND WHEN HANGING OUTDOOR LIGHTS.
Don’t let the plugs lie in the ground where they can be exposed to water. Keep them away from rain gutters as well, and use insulated tape or plastic clips to hold them in place.
8. BE CAREFUL WITH THAT LADDER!
Make sure you’re using the proper ladder for the job, and choose one that’s certified to insure it complies with safety standards. Never misuse a ladder, and follow all directions.
9. IF YOU HAVE A GAS FIREPLACE, HAVE IT SERVICED BEFORE YOU USE IT FOR THE SEASON.
Never use a gas fireplace if the glass panel is missing, cracked, or broken. Hire a qualified service person to make any necessary repairs.
10. TEST YOUR ALARMS!
You should be changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms twice a year. But it’s also a good idea to check them before the holiday season, to insure they’re working properly.
Also, with the holidays in full-swing and visits to families and friend’s houses, make sure you all keep an extra eye on the other possible non-baby proofed homes.