6 Holiday Hazards to Prevent in Your Home

What could be a more cheerful way to spend the holidays than with sweet scents of freshly baked sugar cookies, fresh balsam candles and bright-eyed children huddled around the Christmas tree? While the magical ambiance of the holidays can take you to a winter wonderland with daydreams of sugar plum fairies, keep in mind these holiday safety tips to protect your home- sweet-home free of potential hazards during the most wonderful time of the year.

  1. Candle Flames

With endless holiday candle scents to choose from, many people enjoy filling their homes with delightful smells of sweet holiday cookies, crisp pine and cheerful raspberry. Lighting candles throughout the holiday season is a wonderful way to feel season’s greetings in your home, but make sure to be responsible by keeping them away from children, pets and flammable items. Keep lit candles in your sight, and make sure to blow them out when leaving a room. Also, never leave a candle burning before going to sleep. A pleasant aroma is nice to smell before bed but can cause a catastrophe if you’re not careful.

  1. Hot Stoves or Ovens

The holidays are a busy time of year. With all of the shopping, cooking and decorating to do, it can be easy to forget obvious tasks, like turning off your oven after baking a delicious batch of holiday brownies. Once you’re finished cooking and baking delicious treats, remind yourself to turn off the stove and oven. Also, don’t leave your cooking unattended. You may get distracted and start your next shopping to-do list and accidentally burn your signature holiday casserole!

  1. Burglary

Keep your home as guarded from holiday theft as possible by keeping shiny gifts and stuffed stockings away from windows. If crooks peep inside and don’t see any enticing presents, they will most likely be on their way. Also, make sure to draw your curtains or shades so burglars don’t see any sneaky opportunities.

  1. Pet Injuries

Keep Santa Paws and Santa Claws safe during the howlidays by staying cautious of fallen tree ornaments. Your furry friends could injure themselves by playing with glass ornaments or decorations with sharp edges. Also, the popular holiday plant of choice, Poinsettias, are poisonous to pets, so make sure that they are out of reach from your animals by keeping them on elevated surfaces, like your dining room table.

  1. Malfunctioning Tree Lights

Check your tree lights for any cracks, broken bulbs, and loose connections or wires. If you notice any damages, make sure to grab a new set of lights to maintain a safe household during the holidays. Decorate your tree with safety approved lights and double check the packaging to verify that they are for indoor or outdoor use.

  1. Holiday Food Allergies

If you’re making a dish for a holiday party, make sure to ask the host about any food allergies to ensure that all guests can safely enjoy their festive celebration without any allergic reactions.

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