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Holiday Safety Tips

It’s a week early but here are some holiday safety tips.FriedTurkey

If you are frying a turkey.  We do this every year.  If you do it right it will be the best turkey you have ever had.  If you do it wrong you may be living in a hospital and then a hotel for months on end.  BE VERY CAREFUL

  • Fryers should always be used outdoors, on a solid level surface a safe distance from buildings and flammable materials.
  • Never use a fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or enclosed space.
  • Do not overfill the fryer.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended because, without thermostat controls, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use or after use as the oil can remain hot for hours.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts and wear long sleeves and safety goggles to protect from splatter.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before it is placed in a fryer.
  • Keep all-purpose fire extinguishers nearby.
  • If a turkey fryer fire occurs, call 911 immediately.

All the trimmings.

  • Decking the halls with boughs
    of faux holly, garlands and the like is safer when
    they’re made from non-combustible materials.
  • Wrapping paper
    should be kept away from the fireplace and removed from
    the tree area when gifts have been opened.
  • If you’re buying an
    artificial tree, look for a statement on the box or label indicating
    it’s fire-resistant. And if the tree comes already festooned
    with lights, the box should bear the Underwriters Laboratory
    (UL) label.

Only buy fresh trees.

Old, dry trees can turn into kindling when your
Christmas lights heat up. If you’re buying a natural tree, play it
safe by ensuring it’s fresh.

Look for these signs:ƒ

  • Needles are green with no brown patches
  • ƒ When you bend the needles, they don’t break
  • ƒ The bottom of the trunk is sticky with resin
  • ƒ Needles don’t fall from the tree when the trunk is
    bounced on the ground

Light maintenance.

  • C13 - 1-TWINKLE (1)hoose only lights that have been tested
    for safety.
  • Before using new or old lights, check for broken
    or cracked sockets, frayed wires or loose connections.
  • Don’t use more than three standard-sized sets of lights on each extension cord.
  • And turn all decorative lights off when you go to bed or leave your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A party favor. The best favor a host can do for guests is to get them home safely

  • Keep the ice in the drinks, not on your walkway
  • Have a supply of non-alcoholic choices
  • Don’t serve alcohol to someone who’s impaired
  • Keep taxi company phone numbers handy
  • Identify designated drivers and remember the designated driver isn’t the person that drinks the least amount, but that doesn’t drink at all.

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