Here at Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors, we love a good party, and lucky for us, the holiday season is filled with them! As trained professionals in the insurance industry however, we can’t go out with without noticing a few safety hazards/liability issues that seem to pop up at most every party.
So let’s take some time today and address those. Not only can we help you cut down on the likelihood of having to file a claim this holiday season, but we can leave the house without having to stop and stare at all the candles placed to close to the curtains.
Holiday Lighting Safety
You know that the holidays are near when you see the twinkling and blinking of multi-colored lights strewn about town. When planning your personal display, be careful to make sure that your set up is safe. That means keeping cords neatly tucked away and organized so that they do not present a trip and fall hazard. Also, be sure BEFORE you put up any lights that you have checked the cord for fray or tears, as they may present the potential for electrical shock.
Open Flames and Fire Hazards
Ok, let’s get back to the candles. Did you know that according the National Fire Protection Association home fires and home fire deaths peak between December and January? Cooking is the number one cause, but it is not the only culprit. Open flames are another factor. So if you are planning on celebrating with candles or sparklers, be it for Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or the New Year, keep your open flame away from holiday decorations or any other flammable material.
Brush Up On Winter Driving Basics
Last week we brought you our Winter Driving Tips. If you haven’t already, you should take the opportunity to check it out. With all the time we spend on the road driving from one place to another, it is always a good idea to brush up on the basics.
Source – Celebrating safely through the winter holidays
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