The holiday season is generally a festive time. It really is a great opportunity for you to relax and reflect on the past year. But it is also the time of year that has the most accidents and damages. The following are some tips to help you stay safe while enjoying the holidays with your loved ones.
Safety tips for Christmas cooking
Research shows that thousands of kitchen fires occur every year, especially during Christmas and Thanksgiving. Although recent technological advances have reduced the risk of fires during cooking, unintentional deaths still occur. The following are some things you can do to be safe when cooking in the kitchen.
- Never leave the stove
- If you choose to fry instead of frying your turkey, be careful as the combination of fat and oil can start a fire.
- If you are not familiar with any of the dishes you cook, read the food labels before you start cooking.
- Invest in a meat thermometer to avoid the risks of food poisoning caused by eating poorly cooked meat.
Safety tips for the winter
The cold winter that comes with the holiday facilitates accidents that lead to significant physical damage and property damage. To prevent such unfortunate events, you should:
- Make sure you have several stores of salt and a sturdy shovel needed to keep your walkways clean. This reduces the risk of someone being injured in a slippery accident.
- Clean your gutters and inspect the seal of your home to prevent any water damage.
- Clean your chimney to prevent a possible fire.
- Try to keep any flammable material away from heat sources.
Safety tips for Christmas trees
Millions of people set up Christmas trees every year to celebrate the holiday. However, Christmas trees can cause fires on some occasions. To minimize the risk of a fire while enjoying Christmas:
- Inspect your lighting as many tree fires have occurred in the past due to electricity distribution problems.
- Keep your tree away from the radiator or fireplace.
- Try watering your tree from time to time. If it is sufficiently hydrated, the fire will spread much more slowly than a dry tree.
- Buy an artificial tree to reduce the risk of fire and potential allergic reactions. When the calendar shifts to January, consider taking down the tree.
If you are planning to stay away from your home for an extended period of time, here are some things you can do to keep your home safe:
- Install a smart security system that gives you consistent updates and notifies you when there is a possible problem. Smart water sensors offer similar benefits. If the sensors detect a problem, they can turn off your water and prevent any water damage.
- Go to your local post office and tell them to pause your mail. You may also need to hire a shovel service to avoid leaving clear signs to a burglar that you are not home.
Other tips to keep in mind
It is very important that you check your smoke detectors. Replace all discharged batteries and make sure to use the right lighting on different parts of your home. Use clamps to stabilize light and prevent potential fires. If you are planning to celebrate New Year by setting off fireworks, be careful when handling the same.
Holidays are a time to relax and have fun. However, there are still a lot of risks to be aware of. These tips will help you enjoy a less stressful vacation. Our team at Abbate Insurance wishes you a pleasant weekend!