Holiday SafetyThe holidays are an exciting time but they tend to introduce elements of risk that are seasonal and we are not used to.  Below is a short list of things to keep an eye out for to help your holidays a little safer.  Remember, you should always look into safety precautions on your own.  This is simply a list of suggestions and we are fence experts, not holiday safety experts.  With our disclaimer out of the way, lets get on with the list.

  • When you decide to go “Clark Griswold” on your house make sure you do not overload your circuit breakers with Christmas lights.  This can be a fire hazard and a real annoyance when you blow the switch/fuseCandles are popular during the holidays.
  • Make sure you put them out when done and use them on proper surfaces and keep them away from anything flammable
  • If you have a Christmas tree be sure to keep it away from anything flammable.
  • Make sure your Christmas tree has enough water.  This will keep it from drying out too soon and increasing flammability.
  • If you are cooking a turkey use a timer so you don’t forget about it.  This goes for all foods.
  • If you are deep frying  a turkey research safety precautions and keep a fire extinguisher nearby.  NEVER deep fry a turkey in you garage.  Keep it at least 20 feet from your home and ideally on a flame resistant material.  For more deep fryer safety information check out this post
  • Fireplaces are often times used during the Holidays and sometimes haven’t been used for over a year.  Make sure your chimney is clean and if you have to, hire a professional to inspect it and make sure it is safe to use.

Always remember to use common sense during the holidays.  For more information on holiday safety check out this webpage from the CDC.