Stay safe this holiday season!

Stay safe this holiday season!

 

We’re excited to gather for holiday fun this year, but it’s important to remember that safety goes beyond the job site. Whether you’re holding down the homestead or travelling to see loved ones, remember to put People First for a joyous holiday.

 

Traveling? Make sure you’re prepared!
  • Before you hit the road, winterize your car and keep an emergency kit with you.
  • Make a plan to get good sleep the night before, so you’re not driving drowsy.
  • Leave early, if you can, to account for heavy traffic, and plan to arrive at your destination before dark.
  • Buckle up! Everyone in the car should be properly buckled, regardless of how long or short the drive is.
  • Don’t drive distracted! Put away the phone, and only take phone calls in hands-free mode.
  • Practice defensive driving.
  • Designate a sober driver, especially if you’re heading to a party.

 

Decorate Safely
  • Keep potentially poisonous holiday plants–mistletoe, holly berries, Jerusalem cherry, and amaryllis–out of reach of children and pets.
  • If using an artificial tree, make sure it’s labeled “fire resistant”.
  • If using a live tree, cut off about 2″ of the trunk to expose fresh wood for better water absorption, and remember to water it and remove it from your home when it’s dry.
  • Keep your tree at least 3′ away from fireplaces, radiators, and other heat sources, and make sure doorways aren’t blocked
  • Avoid placing breakable ornaments or ones with small pieces where small children can reach.
  • Follow package instructions for where to string lights (indoor or outdoor) and how many strings may be plugged into one socket.
  • Check light sets for breaks, cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections.
  • Never nail, tack, or stress wiring when hanging lights, keep plugs off of the ground away from puddles and snow, and make sure you choose the right ladder when hanging lights.
  • Turn off lights and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house.

 

Remember fire safety!
  • Make sure candles are out of reach of children and not easily knocked or blown over.
  • Keep matches and lighter locked away, out of reach of children.
  • Use flameless candles near flammable objects.
  • Don’t burn trees, wreaths, or wrapping paper in the fire place.
  • Never leave a fire or candle burning unattended or while you’re asleep.
  • Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year.
  • Be aware of the dangers of frying a turkey at home, and consider using an oil-less turkey fryer.