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With the holidays just around the corner, most of us are thinking of last minute todo lists, gifts and the holiday meal plan.
Even though holiday safety isn’t something that comes up all the time, it is SO important that we talk about it and make sure our home is safe for the holidays.
I’ll be honest, I hadn’t thought through a lot of these things until Erie Insurance was talking to me about them. Since my kids are a little older and we are past the “CHILD PROOF ALL THE THINGS” stage of life, it’s easy for most house-safety things to just take a back burner, if I think about them at all.
But there are a lot of safety issues that come up around the holidays that are important for parents to be aware of. Let’s talk about how to have a hazard free holiday! Erie Insurance has lots of great tips to help you have a safe and fun holiday with your family and friends! They included all of them in their kid-friendly Merry Mishap Special.
Start with this clip to see about how to avoid tree fires and get an idea about the Merry Mishap Special goes. You can see how much damage can be done to a tree in just 30 seconds!!!
The videos takes such a light hearted approach to keep the safety tips from scaring the kiddos, while also reminding you how to stay safe. You can read more on Erie’s blog here.
A few tips to keep in mind for a safer holiday
Candles – This time of year is perfect for lighting candles that smell like Christmas. Just make sure you keep them far away from dangling decorations and blow them all out when you leave a room.
Water the tree – If you choose to get a real tree, make sure that you water it frequently. If your tree dries out it can be a huge fire hazard (as you can see in the video above). You can set an alert on your phone to remind you when you need to water it every few days.
Safe tree location – Wherever you put your Christmas tree, make sure it doesn’t block any exits. Keep the paths clear for emergency exits just in case.
Trim the tree – When you purchase your tree trim a couple inches off the bottom. This will make sure that the tree gets as much water as possible when you water it. An old cut can make it difficult for the water to travel up the tree. I personally, had no idea bout this, so good to know!
Lights out! – Outdoor holiday lights are super fun and festive, but make sure you turn them off when you go to bed or leave the house.
Small ornaments – Make sure you hang all the small ornaments that could be choking hazards at the top of the tree. This will help keep your little kids and your pets safer!
Check the lights before you decorate – Make sure that you don’t have any broken bulbs or frayed wires. Frayed wires can lead to fires (again, that video above, yikes!) so make sure you replace any broken wires.
Erie Insurance has a lot of other safety tips on their site, so make sure you check out their site for more information on how to have a hazard-free holiday.