’Tis the season to be SAFE!

[tweetmeme]The holiday season is here, and along with the decorations, shopping, and celebrations comes a heightened concern for safety. We all want the Holidays to bring us joy and peace, but if you end up getting hurt or spending time at the emergency room it’s not going to be fun for anybody.

All the activities, partying, driving, and stress associated with the holiday season can increase the risk of accidents.  Take some easy holiday precautions to have a happy and safe holiday.

Safety at Work

With all the busyness of the holidays, some workers might be distracted on the job with thoughts about holiday plans, and that could lead to carelessness and accidents.  Others might not be getting as much sleep as usual, what with parties, shopping, and other after-work holiday activities.

This means people might come to work tired, or even a little hung over, and that could be dangerous.  Guard against any of these situations happening to you.

Safety at Home

Home fires are a special problem this month because of decorations, candles, and other potential fire hazards.  Don’t let your home safety guard down this month when the decorations go up.

Take these basic safety tips as offered by many, many safety pros everywhere :

  • Make sure all decorations are made of fire-resistant materials.
  • Keep decorations and trees clear of sources of heat or flame, such as radiators, fireplaces, and candles.
  • Don’t overload electrical outlets by inserting too many plugs into one outlet.
  • Avoid lighted candles. Many holiday home fires are started by candles. If you do use them, place them far away from combustibles like curtains and in a place where they can’t get knocked over. Never leave candles burning
  • in an empty room.
  • Keep natural Christmas trees moist—dry needles can catch fire. Trees need up to a gallon of water a day to keep fresh.
  • Turn off holiday lights when you’re not home.
  • Don’t use a fireplace without a metal screen or glass doors in place, and don’t burn wrapping paper in the fireplace.
  • Don’t leave discarded gift wrap near a fireplace, candles, or heat sources.
  • Use only UL-approved extension cords and lights.
  • Don’t run extension cords under rugs or staple them to the wall or floor—you could damage the insulation, expose the wires, and start a fire.
  • Use lights and extension cords outdoors that are waterproof and approved for outdoor use.


  1. quite a few years ago, my father, who was a fire chief for a small town in the Mojave desert organized a community bonfire with used christmas trees as the fuel. A pile was made to start the festivities and Dad tried to light them. No joy. After several efforts and a fireman staring in confusion at a tree that simply wouldn’t burn, the owner spoke up and said he had bought a fire-retardant treated tree. It was removed and another added. Within 5 seconds of applying a little lighter, the entire tree went “whoosh” and became almost completely engulfed in flames.

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