Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us. We are excited to surround ourselves with family and friends creating warm memories that will last for years. Ringing in the new year with all the possibilities it brings is exciting.
We also know that this time of year can present some dangers to you or loved ones. As Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Here are some things to be aware of as you start celebrating the season.
Did you know that a large percentage of holiday-related emergency room visits are due to those impossible to open packages? You know the packaging that claims to be easy opening, but you end up with scissors or knives to release the beloved gift from its plastic prison. Be careful to keep the blades facing away from your body and hands.
Theft is high during the holiday season. Make sure your presents aren’t easily visible from the outside and draw your curtains or blinds when you are not home.
Have you ever had your tree topple over? Place your tree in a sturdy stand rated for the size of your tree. It is best to position your tree in a low traffic area. Keep your tree away from heating sources and fireplaces. And don’t forget to keep watering your live trees.
Chimney fires increase during this time of year as well. Be sure to have your chimney cleaned on a regular basis. Throwing wrapping paper and packaging into a fireplace can cause a flash fire that can easily get out of control. Those beautiful candles we light for ambiance can become a danger as well. Keep lit candles away from children and pets. Don’t leave candles burning when you leave the house or go to bed.
Here is a link to the American Red Cross Holiday Home Fires tip sheet: https://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340080_FireHolidayFactSheet.pdf
Those brilliant strings of lights need to be inspected for frayed wires before you hang them or plug them in. Frayed wires can lead to fire or electrocution hazards.
Everyone dreams of a white Christmas. Keep your sidewalks clear of snow and ice. Practice good shoveling techniques so as not to hurt yourself.
Something we may not think about is guests who may be traveling with medication. Give your guests a special place to keep their medication that is out of reach of little ones or pets.
There are so many things to say about leftovers, besides how we look forward to enjoying those delicious morsels. Ensure that you properly store those leftovers so that you can enjoy them during the days following that special meal. Be careful of your pets being fed from the table by unknowing guests. Also, be sure your pets can’t access the trash and discover scraps and bones they should not be eating.
Save electricity and don’t leave those outdoor lights on all evening. No one is awake to enjoy them except maybe the neighbor whose window faces your home.
When cooking, don’t leave your stove or oven unattended for long periods of time or forget to turn off your oven when you are done.
Our wish is that you have a happy, healthy and SAFE holiday season. We will be available to help you with your real estate needs through the holiday season. Call Julie at 412-352-8941 or Nancy at 412-480-6423 for more information. You can also email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at www.TheSniderGrp.com