Holiday safety should be the issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January, when families gather, parties are scheduled and travel spikes. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission approximately 7,000 people are treated each year in emergency departments for injuries related to holiday decorating and foodborne illnesses. Faulty holiday lights and wiring cause about 510 fires each year. An average of 300 people die in drunk driving accidents in the week between Christmas and New Year.
Creekbend Property Management has provided “The Twelve Days of Holiday Safety Guide” some basic precautions so your loved ones and guests remain safe and injury-free throughout the season!
- Keep trees away from fireplaces, lighted candles, radiators and other heat sources.
- Make sure your tree has a stable platform to prevent toppling over.
- Never stand on tall ladders while hanging lights without someone at the bottom to keep the ladder steady.
- Choose an artificial tree that is labeled fire resistant.
- If using a natural tree, make sure it is well watered and not dry to avoid a fire hazard.
- Check holiday lights for fraying, bare spots, gaps in the insulation or excessive kinking in the wire.
- Turn off tree lights and other lighted decorations when not in use.
- Be mindful of sharp or broken ornaments when unpacking; lacerations are one of the top-reported decorating-related injury!
- Keep poisonous plants (poinsettias) out of reach of children and pets.
- Designate a sober driver to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday get-together
- Don’t give the gift of food poisoning! Keep hot food hot and cold food cold! When preparing a meal, wash hands, utensils, sink and anything else that touches raw meat. Always reheat leftovers to at least 165*F
- If using a turkey fryer: Purchase a fryer with an automatic thermostat control, if it does not the oil can overheat to the point of exploding. Only use fryer outdoors! Have a fire extinguisher on hand, keep away from flammable objects, do not use in a garage, never let children or pets near fryer even when not in use. Make sure the turkey is COMPLETELY thawed. That being said, your local grocery store may provide turkey frying service, a safer alternative and giving you more time to spend with family and friends!
Creekbend Property Management wishes you and your loved ones a happy, peaceful, and safe holiday with our Twelve Days of Holiday Safety guide!
Creekbend Property Management, a Charleston rental property management company is located in Charleston, SC specializing in rental properties in downtown Charleston, James Island, Isle of Palms, Johns Island, Kiawah, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, North Charleston, and West Ashley. We are licensed and insured, providing leasing services, management services, maintenance, and most importantly; giving our property investors peace of mind!