Emergency Preparedness Committee: Holiday Emergency Preparedness

HOLIDAY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Don’t let HO HO HO turn into Oh, NO for your Christmas Holidays. As you prepare for a wonderful season of celebrations please take a few minutes to slow down and use some of the following tips to make sure your holidays are safe and accident free:

Holiday decorations—make sure your tree is placed away from fireplaces, radiators, candles and check each set of lights for bare wires and loose connections. Turn OFF those lights when you go to bed or leave the house. Keep all paper, boughs, decorations, AND children away
from fireplace flames. Never leave burning candles unattended and keep them out of reach of children and put them out before going to sleep. DON’T burn wrapping paper or trees & wreaths in the fireplace.
Keep your tree stand full of water from the time you put it up to taking it down. AND, when you have used a ladder to hang ornaments and the angel, how many times can your remember that you shouldn’t have stood on that higher step? DON’T!
The same cautions apply to decorating the outside of your home. Use ladder safety and don’t be that acrobat that climbs on the roof to place the snowman or Santa’s sleigh.
Keep electrical connections off the ground and away from metal rain gutters and use insulated tape or plastic clips instead of metal nails or tacks to hold them in place.
I’m not done yet. Before you even leave the house to shop for those gifts at the mall, get on the freeway, navigate the traffic and parking garages, make sure to slow down, hold your little ones tight and NEVER take you eyes off them.
Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy all the gifts, food, friends and family, and blessings, BUT remember to take time to be SAFE.
—Kent Wellbrock

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