Holiday Safety Tips
Many people travel over the holidays. Make sure your home is prepared for you to be gone. Verify your pipes are insulated from the cold. With temperatures dropping pipes can freeze and burst. While they are frozen damage isn’t readily apparent, but as soon as the ice thaws you can have a huge mess.
Holiday traveling means lots of driving for many people. Remember to check road conditions on
, and review these winter
from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Make sure your car has been checked and is ready to travel wherever you may be planning to go. Especially check your tires, brakes and fluids to ensure optimal performance.
Make sure the electrical cords you’re using for decorations are weather proof, and in good repair. Remember if you run an extension cord through a window or door, it likely will not shut right—leaving your home open to the elements or breaking and entering. If you use a “live” tree make sure to keep it well watered; not only will it look better, it will be less susceptible to catching fire if your electrical decorations, have a short, or overheat.
Also, beware of cooking hazards. With so many yummy things to cook, make sure you are carefully following the manufacturer’s safety directions if you are using turkey cookers or outdoor cooking equipment. Always remember to have fire protection standing by if your device uses open flames of any kind.