Published on November 29, 2007
December Safety Meeting: December Safety Meeting Christmas Safety Tips December 1999 Christmas Statistics: Christmas Statistics Last year - December 1998 600 Christmas tree fires 33 people lost their lives 112 people were seriously injured Over $21,000,000 dollars in damage Christmas Tree Safety: Christmas Tree Safety Consider an artificial tree A real tree should not lose it needles when tapped on the ground Cut 1” off the truck to help the tree absorb water Tree stand should hold at least 1 gal. of water Christmas Tree Safety: Christmas Tree Safety A 6 foot tree will use 1 gal. of water every 2 days Mix a chemical preservative with the water Check water level every day Christmas Tree Safety: Christmas Tree Safety Keep the tree away from floor heaters, fire places, or other heat sources Use only UL-approved lights, and no more than 3 strands linked together Christmas Tree Safety: Christmas Tree Safety Use miniature lights - which have cool-burning bulbs Turn off the Christmas lights when you sleep, or leave your home for very long. Never use candles, even on artificial trees Christmas Tree Safety: Christmas Tree Safety Ensure tinsel or artificial icicles are of non-leaded material Leaded materials may be hazardous if eaten by children or pets Avoid decorations that tend to break easily or have sharp edges Christmas Tree Safety: Christmas Tree Safety Keep tree trimmings that are small or have removable parts out of the reach of small children. These pieces may be swallowed. Christmas Tree Safety: Christmas Tree Safety Clean the tree stand to improve the tree’s water intake, use one capful of bleach to a cup of water Dispose of the tree properly. NEVER BURN IN THE FIRE-PLACE. Christmas Lights: Christmas Lights Use only outdoor lights outside your home Examine light strings each year, discard worn ones Fasten the bulbs securely and point the sockets down to avoid moisture build up Christmas Lights: Christmas Lights Connect no more than 3 strands together Never use indoor extension cords outside Avoid overloading wall outlets and extension cords Never run cords under rugs or carpets Christmas Lights: Christmas Lights Keep outdoor electrical connectors above ground and out of puddles and snow. Unplug light string before replacing bulb. Review the original package to verify proper wattage & voltage Christmas Lights: Christmas Lights Never use electric lights on a metallic tree, use colored spot lights Make sure trees hung with X-mas lights are not touching power lines Never use lights that have an empty socket. Christmas Candles: Christmas Candles When using candles, place them a safe distance from combustibles Place candles in sturdy containers. Remember hot wax burns kids Extinguish candles before going to bed Christmas Gift Wrapping: Christmas Gift Wrapping Dispose of gift wrapping soon after opening presents. A room full of paper lying around on the floor is an obvious hazard Christmas Gift Wrapping: Christmas Gift Wrapping Do not burn wrappings in the fireplace. They may ignite suddenly and cause a flash fire. Christmas Holiday Plants: Christmas Holiday Plants Holly and mistletoe can be fatal to a small child and the smaller the child, the smaller the dose that can cause serious medical problems. Christmas Holiday Plants: Christmas Holiday Plants Poinsettia leaves are not fatal if swallowed, but can cause a skin rash and an upset stomach. Call 911 if your children ingest any of these holiday plants. Home Safety: Home Safety Install a smoke detector or new batteries in the one(s) you have and TEST it. Dispose of fireplace ashes into a metal container until cold Home Safety: Home Safety After parties, check around and under sofa and chair cushions for smoldering cigarettes [provide lots of ash trays] Install at least one carbon monoxide detector in your home Home Safety: Home Safety Have an operable fire extinguisher readily available. Clean the oven and stove prior to the holiday. Often the extra load on these appliances cause a fire due to high use and grease build up Home Safety: Home Safety Keep kitchen clutter away from stove and oven Avoid loose, flammable clothing. Clothing often catches fire around candles, matches, fireplaces and stoves Happy Holidays: Happy Holidays Have a Merry Christmas and a Safe & Happy New Year!!!!