Holiday Safety Tips

December 13, 2016

Using a Turkey Fryer?

While a turkey fryer produces delicious turkey, it is also responsible for many damaging fires. Here are some safety tips to help keep you and your family safe:

  • Set up the fryer 10 feet or more from the house and keep children at a safe distance
  • Keep the oil even and steady by placing the fryer on flat ground.
  • Be sure the turkey is completely thawed and dried. This keeps the oil from spilling over and spattering.
  • Have a fire extinguisher ready, in case of an emergency.

Travelling for the Holidays? Be Prepared

  • Remember, to drive safely and defensively during the holidays.
  • Use a designated driver to ensure guests make it home safely after attending a holiday party that includes drinking alcohol.
  • Be sure not to drive distracted. Do not operate cell phones or watch videos while driving.
  • Properly maintain the vehicle by keeping an emergency kit, which should include jumper cables and more. Click here for a more complete list.
  • Leave early enough in case of heavy traffic or snow.

Candles and Fireplace Safety

Many unfortunate things can happen when candles and fireplaces are left unattended. Using candles and fireplaces, combined with an increase in the amount of combustible, seasonal decorations present in many homes means more risk for fire. Here are some tips for a safe holiday:

  • Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle.
  • Keep candles out of reach of children.
  • Make sure candles are on stable surfaces.
  • Don’t burn candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items.
  • Don’t burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace.
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