Your Holiday Safety Checklist

The festive season comes with unique risks – Here’s how to stay safe!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – but don’t let your guard down. While we all assume our homes and properties are safe, the holiday season means that we face unique challenges as we deck the halls, light the fire, and prepare our festive feast! Here are some safety tips to keep your home, family, and guests safe during the holidays.

Fire Safety

  • Assess your candles – If you light real candles, be sure that they are well away from flammable objects and that you blow them out before going to bed. Consider opting for battery-powered candles this year.
  • Check your string lights – Before stringing up the festive lights, ensure that the wires are in good condition. If there are cracked and frayed wires, do not use the set.
  • Avoid overloading sockets – Don’t get too carried away with the lights! Do not overload sockets with too many plugs.
  • Stay aware in the kitchen – Keep children and pets out of the kitchen while you’re cooking, and never leave the home if the oven is on.

The Tree

  • Choose your tree – If possible, get a safe artificial tree with a fire-retardant tag. If you opt for a real tree, ensure it is well-hydrated. Leave it standing in a bucket of water for 24 hours before bringing it inside.
  • Keep your tree watered – Trees should stay hydrated so that they don’t become dry and hugely flammable. Water your tree daily.
  • Display your tree in a safe place – Your holiday tree should always be far away from heat sources like fireplaces and heating vents as well as exits.
  • Place ornaments out of reach – Avoid decorating the lower boughs of your tree with breakable ornaments or ones with small, detachable parts.

Your Holiday Environment

  • Light walkways to the house lit well. Greet guests safely by ensuring your exterior lights clearly show the pathway. Ensure that this path is also free from objects and debris that could cause someone to trip.
  • Protect your pets – Keep plants well away from cats and dogs, especially if they are poisonous to our four-legged friends.
  • Designate a sober driver – Whether you’re attending a holiday party or hosting one, ensure that no one gets behind the wheel drunk.

The team at Colorado Nonprofit Insurance Agency, part of HUB International in Denver, wish you a safe and happy holiday! For all of your nonprofit insurance needs, call us on 303-894-0298.