Merry Christmas and happy holidays from CanEVA! ‘Tis the season for joy and fun, but that doesn’t mean that health and safety take a back seat! Holiday safety is a very important thing to keep in mind this time of year. With the cold weather, extra lights, and a number of other factors, the possibility of an accident is ever-present. With these tips, CanEVA can help make your holiday safe and healthy!
Is there any nicer feeling than seeing those beautiful Christmas lights light up for the first time of the season? Of course, this is only if they’re in good shape!
- Before plugging them in, make sure you check the string of lights for frays in the cord and cracked bulb sockets. If you need to replace a bulb, make sure the cord is unplugged beforehand, and that you have a replacement bulb in the correct wattage.
- Check extension cords periodically for overheating, and make sure you unplug your lights when you leave the house and when you go to bed. Not only is this a safety measure, but it will help you keep your electricity bill in check!
- When setting up lights outdoors, never use nails or metal staples. Instead, use insulated hooks. Only use extension cords that are specifically for outdoor use, and consider weather-resistant receptacles.
Do you keep the tradition of a real tree for Christmas? Though beautiful, real trees require caution and care. So whether you buy your tree or cut it yourself, knowing what to look for is imperative.
- Fresh trees are safer, as they are less likely to catch fire. So look for vibrant needles that don’t easily shed.
- Keep your tree stand filled with water to make sure your tree stays as healthy as possible.
- Make sure your tree is set up away from any heat source such as a fireplace, furnace, candles, or heat vents.
There are few scenes more Christmasy than a crackling fireplace. People will even watch one on tv if that’s all they can do! But with a beautiful hearth comes responsibility.
- Make sure your chimney is in tip-top shape. Sweep it to remove soot and debris, check the cap, and look for cracks in the firebox. Consider having it professionally cleaned once a year.
- Keep a screen in front of the fireplace to block embers from jumping out. Depending on the screen, it can also help keep curious creatures back.
- If you have a gas fireplace, make sure that the glass panel is firmly in place. Make sure there are no cracks or gaps in or near the glass.
- If you only have a furnace, make sure to have your system checked and your furnace filter replaced. This prevents the dangers of CO in the house.
- Check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.
Holiday safety is an important thing that is easy to overlook at this time of year. But if you follow these simple tips, you will have a safe and happy holiday!
If you want to give the gift of health this season, consider giving CanEVA.