Tips for enjoying your holiday season safely

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Between travel, get-togethers, family dinners and celebrations, the holidays certainly keep many people busy. With so much to do, there are times when safety basics may take a backseat to finishing the errands of the day. However, it is important to always remember that your, and your family’s, safety comes first. Remember these tips as you prepare for a whirlwind holiday season:

  • Decorating for the holidays? Decorations can be a fire hazard if they are not installed and maintained properly. Inspect all lights and decorations to make they are not broken or damaged. If you opt for a natural Christmas tree, keep it watered and away from heating sources like fireplaces and vents. Keep candles out of the reach of children, and never leave them unattended or near hazardous items like your tree or paper products. Finally, turn off all lights and decorations before leaving your home or going to sleep.
  • Going shopping? Stay aware of your surroundings, which includes not parking in a dimly-lit area so you can see what is going on around you at all times. Avoid walking with large sums of cash, too many bags that can be snatched away from you and, if you are carrying a purse, consider walking with a shoulder strap that can go under your coat to avoid pick-pocketing. Also, show your children how to find a security guard if they lose you.
  • Preparing a delicious dinner for family and friends? Food safety comes first. Remember to wash your hands before and during preparation of your meal. Wash all meat, fruits and vegetables, being mindful to keep all meats separated to avoid cross-contamination and cook all meat, poultry and seafood thoroughly so no one runs the risk of food poisoning. Keep an eye on kids, ensuring that they away from hot surfaces. Lastly, while you may be tempted to taste the meal to make sure it’s just right, do not “double dip” utensils into pots and pans during food preparation.
  • Going to a party? Do not drink and drive (and encourage your friends not to do so, as well). Use ride services like Uber or Lyft for a ride to and from your events if you plan to have an alcoholic beverage. Also, don’t forget your seatbelt at all times!

 

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