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Holiday Safety Tips

As our holiday season is quickly approaching there are some safety tips to make sure you and yours stay safe.

1.Salt and sand your walkways and steps. Slip and fall accidents are the most common cause of injury every year, particularly for older adults. The National Safety Council advises that you utilize salt or sand on your walkways so your guests don’t take a spill. Even though we are having a warmer Winter this year, with the rain and wet weather in the evening when the temperature drops the water can freeze causing black ice to form.

2.Do not leave food on the stove unattended. According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2009 and 2013, approximately 66% of home fires started on stove tops and ranges where burners were ignited. You will want to greet your family when they arrive but if you are cooking, please make sure someone watches the burner so nothing spills or catches fire. Also, if there are children in the household it is always a good idea to have someone by the stove to keep those tiny fingers away from hot surfaces.

3.Be cautious when using candles and fireplaces. In 2012, about 2,200 deaths were caused by fires and 12% of home candle fires occur in December according to the National Fire Protection Association. This is often caused by the increased use of fireplaces and candles in combination with the increased amount of seasonal decorations, most of which are highly combustible. To prevent fires, please do not leave candles unattended or leave a lit candle while sleeping. Keep candles away from children, do not burn near trees, curtains, or any other flammable items. It’s a good tip to check and clean your chimney and fireplace area a minimum of once per year.

4.Serve drinks responsibly. Make sure you are only serving those who are at least 21 years of age alcoholic beverages. If your friends or family have too much to drink, please do not let them get behind the wheel. Protect them and others on the road by calling a taxi, driving them home, or plan for them to stay the night. If someone is in a car accident you could be held financially liable.

We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas from your friends in the insurance business!