Happy holidays are dependent on safe holidays

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The holiday season is one of joy and laughter, as well as good times spent with family and friends. It’s also a season that requires extra attention to safety. Holiday decorations, more people in the house and more cooking in the kitchen increase the chance for accidents, so here are a few words to the wise to help keep you and yours safe.

  • If you have a live tree, make sure to water it regularly. Dry trees can more easily catch fire.
  • Let adults hang breakable ornaments near the top of the tree while children decorate the lower part with nonbreakable ornaments.
  • Consider using battery-operated candles.
  • Don’t overload electrical outlets.
  • Make sure cords are in good shape. Don’t run them under rugs or near heat sources or place them in too-tight spaces.
  • Got something on the stove? Don’t leave it unattended.

And if you’re planning a road trip over the holidays, keep these suggestions in mind.

  • Make sure your vehicle is in good shape and ready to go.
  • If you’re leaving in the morning, make sure to get a good night’s sleep.
  • Stay off the cellphone … no distracted driving.
  • Seat belts, seat belts, seat belts.

Stay safe and have a great holiday season!

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