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Keep Grandma from getting run over by a reindeer this holiday season! Make sure Aunt Edna’s Figgy pudding and all your other food is kept at the right temperatures. If you have to rush grandma to the hospital for food poisoning, you’re just teasing those reindeer! The best tip of all – use common sense. Look for and eliminate any dangers to protect your loved ones this holiday season. Now, onto the checklist!

  • Don’t use nails or tacks to hang your lighting or any other electrical decoration. Doing so could accidentally put the nail or tack through the insulating wrap. Instead, use plastic hangers to secure them.
  • Keep your lights and decorations off of surfaces that can heat up and catch fire.
  • Never use lights or decorations if the cords are frayed or showing wires.
  • If you use a live tree, make sure you give it plenty of water. A dry tree with lights is a fire hazard.
  • Turn off your lights and decorations when you leave your home or go to bed.
  • Do not cover cords or decorations/lights with drapes, carpet, etc. They can heat up and cause a fire.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Your holiday decorations should be placed so that they do not block doors, windows or your house address in case of emergency.
  • Don’t overload the electrical socket. Rule of thumb is no more than 3 strands of lights per extension cord or strung in sequence.
  • Wrap your outdoor electrical connections with tape to keep moisture out and use a GFI.
  • Anchor your tree inside to keep children and pets from tipping it over.
  • Confetti and tinsel (icicles) can be detrimental to a small animal or childs intestines, you should avoid them to avoid a trip to the emergency room.
  • 99% of Christmas plants are poisonous. Keep Holly, Mistletoe, Poinsettias and such up where small children and animals cannot reach them.
  • Keep sand or deicer and a snow shovel on hand to clear your walkway for your holiday guests. Clear it regularly to avoid falls.
  • If you plan to travel or leave town for the holidays:
    • Get timers for your lights, stereo, etc. to make it look like someone is home.
    • Arrange for someone to regularly pick up your mail, newspaper, etc.
    • Make sure a neighbor will clear your walk if it snows.

What is your favorite holiday safety tip? Have a holiday story about a related experience? Please share it. J

Lori Hartjoy: I am the owner of Blue Mountain Rentals, which was established in April of 2011. I bring over 20 years of clerical experience to my clients. My background includes processing employment, tenant screening, background checks and a property manager. The information contained on this blog and from any communication related to the Blue Mountain Rentals website is provided for informational purposes only. All information you choose to use is at “your own risk”. Please visit http://www.bluemtnrentals.com for more information on how I can provide a win-win situation for you.

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