Now that we are well into the month of December, People are beginning to get ready for the Winter Holiday Season (Christmas, Channukah, etc). Christmas Trees are going up; People are lighting candles for decoration and ambience; In another week and a half Channukah candles will be lit for 8 days. Regardless of what you do to celebrate this holiday season remember SAFETY FIRST and foremost!!!!
Make Sure ALL candles, etc are put out of reach of small children and animals AND that they are in a location where they will not be bumped or knocked over…. Also, don’t leave candles burning over night. If you are using candles for lighting consider a flashlight if at all possible. If you are lighting candles for religious or symbolic reasons that must remain lit – Make ABSOLUTELY certain that these are placed in a location where there is NO chance of them being knocked over!!! Turn off all Christmas Lights before going to bed, especially the ones on the Christmas Tree – for SAFETY sake.
Holiday Safety Tips: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/holiday.shtm as well as http://www.nachi.org/holidaysafety.htm
This time year brings other problems as well. As cold weather sets in people start looking for ways to stay warm – especially when electricity goes out. While a wood fire or a space heater can be a great source of heat they can also pose great danger if proper care and caution is not exercised!!! As with candles, don’t leave an open fireplace unattended over night (or even to go out). Space heaters should be placed away from curtains, bed sheets, etc and should be in a well ventilated area. Same with kerosene heaters.
Winter Safety Tips from FEMA http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/winter.shtm
Winter Safety Tips from Home Safety Council http://www.homesafetycouncil.org/safetyguide/sg_winter_w001.asp
This also the time of year for partying and drinking. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying the holiday season with “Cheers”, Keep it in moderation. Set a limit in your mind ahead of time and stick to it. If you plan to be out drinking – consider alternate transportation (designated driver or taxi). If you are planning on drinking at friend’s house – consider staying over. Under NO circumstances get behind the wheel of a car if you’ve been drinking. We all deserve to have a SAFE and FUN Holiday season!! In some areas of the country bad weather conditions (snow, ice, rain) make driving difficult and unsafe – Don’t make it worse by Drinking & Driving.
REMEMBER Firefighters have a hard enough job as it is – Let’s not make their job anymore difficult. BE SAFE and have a GREAT Holiday Season 🙂