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Holiday Safety Around the Home


Decorating & Food Safety Tips

The holidays truly are the most wonderful time of the year (no pun intended), but don’t let the magic of the season get you off your game when it comes to safety. In fact, with added activities, household decor and events, there is a higher risk of emergencies.

Holiday Decorating Safety

  • Small children may think that holiday plants look good enough to eat, but many plants may be poisonous or can cause severe stomach problems. Watch out for these: Mistletoe, Holly Berries, Jerusalem Cherry and Amaryllis
  • Only use indoor lights indoors (and outdoor lights only outdoors), look for the UL Label. Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, and loose connections. Replace or repair any damaged light sets.
  • Use no more than 3 (three) light sets on any one extension cord. Extension cords should be placed against the wall in order to avoid tripping hazards, but do not run cords under rugs, around furniture legs or across doorways.

Hosting & Food Safety

  • While doing holiday cooking, keep your knives sharp. Most knife injuries occur due to dull blades.
  • When reheating leftovers, bring the temperature up to at least 165° F to eliminate any bacterial growth.
  • Refrigerate or freeze leftovers in covered, shallow containers (less than two inches deep) within two hours after a gathering.
  • Never defrost food at room temperature. Thaw it in cold water, the refrigerator or in the microwave.