Question: What are some safety concerns that I should be aware of during the holidays at home and at work?
Answer: There are many factors to consider keep you safe during the holidays. These can apply to work and home. Below are a few to get you started:
- Inspect electrical cords and decorations for damage before use.
- Check electric decorations for a certification label. Decorations without a label have not been tested for safety and could be hazardous.
- Do not overload electrical outlets. Overloading outlets with high wattage appliances are a major cause of holiday fires.
- Protect cords from damage. Cords should never be pinched by furniture, doors, windows or attached by nails or staples.
- Follow the package directions on the number of lights sets that can be plugged into one socket.
- Turn off, unplug, and extinguish all decorations when leaving the house unattended or going to sleep.
- If using a natural Christmas tree, water it frequently to keep it fresh and safe. If using an artificial tree, check that it is labeled “fire resistant”
- Keep decorations at least three feet away from heat sources – especially those will an open flame, like fireplaces and candles.
- Ensure all smoke alarms and fire extinguishers are in good working condition.
- Prepare your car for winter and keep an emergency preparedness kit with you.
You can even go a step further and as part of a holiday gift, provide smoke detectors, first aid kits, fire extinguishers or emergency car kits as a token of appreciation.
*Brought to you by the Ohio BWC safety consultants.