December 11, 2019


Holiday Hazards

During the holidays, we’re exchanging gifts, traveling to see friends and family, and decorating our homes. However, each of these activities can be dangerous — particularly traveling. Keep yourself, your friends and family safe this holiday season by being aware of these holiday hazards:

Theft

During the holidays, you may be purchasing potentially expensive gifts and storing them in the trunk of your vehicle or in your home. Thefts and home invasions skyrocket during the holiday season because burglars know you’re out shopping. Consider installing home security devices such as outdoor and indoor cameras and an alarm system. Break down product boxes — you don’t want criminals to know about all of your new gifts. Install motion detection lighting around your home’s entry points to scare away burglars.

Holiday Decorations 

Each year, an average of 800 home fires begin with decorations during the holiday season. While decorations may liven the festive spirit, they are potentially holiday hazards. If you’re purchasing a real tree, evaluate the needles. Your tree should be full and green — it should not have any brown needles. Brown needles signify a dry and dying tree and could potentially cause a home fire. If you’re purchasing an artificial tree, check that it is fire-resistant. If you’re lighting holiday candles to light up your home or to use for a religious celebration, never leave them unattended.

Traveling Safety

Hundreds of millions of Americans will travel during the holiday season. If you’re traveling to visit friends and family, plan your route in advance. If you’re traveling by car, conduct all routine maintenance before your trip. Always wear your seat belt and properly secure children and pets in your vehicle. Always keep a safe distance from vehicles in front of you and keep your eyes on the road.

Pets

We know you love your furry friends — we do too! If you’re taking them along for a holiday trip or if they are celebrating with you, keep an eye out for potential holiday hazards. Mistletoe and holly can cause upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and cardiovascular problems for your pets. Consider using artificial plants or pet-safe plants around your home. Also, keep an eye out if your pet wanders and ingests any harmful food, such as chocolate or other candies.

Looking for more tips on how to stay safe this holiday season? We’ve got you covered.

This summary is for general informational use only and may not include all relevant information.

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