Last Updated on November 28, 2019 by Ellen Christian
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Thinking about Christmas holiday safety tips may not be the first thing that comes to mind as the snow starts to fall. But, I promise that they are even more important than remembering to pick up extra batteries for the kid’s toys. After all, you don’t want to spend the holidays by missing out on all of the fun.
Christmas Holiday Safety Tips
Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the whirlwind excitement, the shopping, the decorating, and the baking. There are just so many things that I want to do during this time of year. I can feel the excitement building once I flip the calendar to December.
How do you stay safe at Christmas?
But, that said, the busyness of this time of year can cause you to overlook a few holiday season safety concerns that you should be aware of. Here are just a few things I try to pay special attention to. Want even more tips, check out these helpful resources.
In Vermont, Christmas means snow and colder weather. While we all hopefully remember to slow down while driving, we need to remember to pay more attention while walking as well. Driveways, steps, and porches will all freeze sooner than the road. It may not look slippery when you go outside, but it only takes one misstep to end up flat on your back in the snow.
How do you stay safe on Black Friday?
While I try to do as much of my holiday shopping online, I do still need to go to physical stores for some things. Please be aware of these holiday personal safety tips while you’re out shopping. That means keeping your eyes on your handbag or wallet, watching the safety of your debit or credit card, and parking under a light when you shop at night.
Holiday travel safety tips
Christmas means traveling for many people so have you considered holiday home safety tips? If you’ll be traveling during the holidays, remember to lock your doors, turn off all appliances, and set your alarm.
You may want to consider automated home technology to make your house look lived in. You can put your lights on timers and use motorized blind to give your home a lived-in look. So, you may want to consider a home monitoring system that allows you to monitor your home while you’re away. Learn more about keeping your family safe on the road. And, check out these storm preparedness tips to make sure that you’re ready for the unexpected.
How do you stay safe during the holidays?
A Christmas tree is one of the most popular ways to decorate during the holiday season. But, be aware that small ornaments can cause choking hazards to children and animals. You should also be sure that your Christmas tree lights and other lighted decorations are in good condition to avoid any potential fire hazards. Check out this amazing video of what can happen to your tree in just :30 seconds, and be sure to click at the end for what to do to prevent it…
Simple electrical holiday safety tips
Here are a few simple electrical holiday safety tips to follow to keep your family safe.
- Use flameless battery operated candles to reduce the risk of fire hazards. If you do use real candles, never leave them unattended.
- Inspect last years’ electrical decorations for damage before using them this year.
- Keep your real Christmas tree watered to reduce the risk of fire.
- Don’t overload your electrical outlets.
- Inspect your extension cords for damage and make sure your pets don’t chew on them.
- Keep combustibles at least three feet away from the woodstove or the fireplace.
- Turn off and unplug all decorations before you go to bed just in case.
The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but please don’t forget your safety while you’re enjoying the holidays. Erie Insurance has lots of great tips on how to keep you and your family safe during the holidays.
All of their tips are in included in this kid-friendly and informative full-length Very Merry Mishap Special. Check out the short video above and then visit Erie Insurance for even more Christmas holiday safety tips.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.