Twelve Days of Safety

December 12, 2013
  1. Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
  2. Before plugging in those lights that have been sitting for the past year, inspect all lights, decorations and extension cords for any possible damage.
  3. Do not overburden outlets. Avoid the use of cube taps, and make sure you use heavy duty power strips with built in circuit breakers to be safe.
  4. Keep cords nestled against walls to avoid trips and falls.
  5. Keep hooks, ornaments, and small items out of reach of children.
  6. Make sure your Christmas tree stand is full of water. Dry trees pose a fire hazard.
  7. Blow out all candles before leaving the room or house. Unsupervised candles are a fire hazard.
  8. Space heaters keep you nice and warm, but make sure they stay at least 3 feet away from things that can burn.
  9. Consider installing tamper resistant outlets to prevent children from inserting object into the slots.
  10. Review the escape plan for your family in case of an emergency.
  11. Keep children at least 3 feet away from stoves, ovens and cooking areas.
  12. Stay in the kitchen when something is cooking, and supervise the stove and children at all times.

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