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2017 Holiday Safety Tips

Posted by Jim Holland on Mon, Dec 11, 2017

As the holiday season is upon us (can you believe it?!), we wanted to take a minute to wish everyone happy holidays! As you prepare for upcoming festivities and to spend time with your families and loved ones, we want to make sure you're keeping safe. Keep reading to see a compilation of top holiday safety tips for 2017!

  • winter-2986032_960_720.jpgNever use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains/drapes, or with any potentially flammable items. (National Safety Council)
  • Use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord. (National Safety Council)
  • Always use the proper step stool or ladder when putting up holiday decorations. Don't stand on chairs or other furniture. (National Safety Council)
  • When using a ladder, always keep three points of contact - two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand. In addition, make sure to use a ladder with slip-resistant feet and wear clean, dry, and slip-resistant shoes. (National Safety Council)
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. (National Fire Protection Association)
  • Test smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan. (National Fire Protection Association)
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so cords do not get damaged. (National Fire Protection Association)
  • Never place wrapping paper in your fireplace. (Los Angeles Police Department)
  • Be sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base so children, elderly persons, or family pets cannot pull it over on themselves. (Los Angeles Police Department)
  • Make sure to have a professional inspect your furnace and clean the chimney before you heat your home. (Huffington Post)
  • Don't leave candles unattended, and don't put stockings near a heat source (chimney/fireplace). (Huffington Post)
  • Be sure to install or check smoke alarms, and unplug your Christmas tree during sleep hours. (Huffington Post)
  • Read labels for age recommendations before purchasing a gift. Be sure to follow assembly, use, and supervision guidelines. (Safety+Health Magazine)
  • Don't place extension cords in walls or ceilings, as this can cause the cords to overheat. (Safety+Health Magazine)
  • Never attempt to extend the length of an extension cord by connecting it to another extension cord. (Safety+Health Magazine)

Happy Holidays from Triumvirate Environmental! Stay safe friends!

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