The holiday season is a festive time, which often means homes are decorated and family and friends visit. The holidays are a time to relax and enjoy getting together with family and friends.
By applying a few common sense safety ideas, you can make sure your holiday gatherings remain happy ones you will want to remember for years to come.
Here are some 7 tips on how to keep this season happy by avoiding potentially dangerous and costly situations, thanks to the State Fire Commissioner :
1.Holiday lights and candles give a home a holiday glow, but they can also pose a fire hazard,” said State Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay. “One way to avoid this hazard is to purchase artificial candles, which can look very realistic, while giving you peace of mind this holiday season.”
2.In order to keep holiday lights, decorations, and candles safe, never leave burning candles or cooking appliances unattended, and keep children and pets away from open flames and hot surfaces.
3.Replace any string of lights that has worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections and be sure to turn off lights before leaving home or going to bed.
4.”Holiday party hosts can be held legally responsible for guests’ actions after they leave a party,” said Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller. “Social host liability can have consequences for someone who serves liquor to a guest.”
5.Homeowners insurance often provides some liquor liability coverage, but this coverage varies by policy. It’s recommended that homeowners planning to host a party review their policy or discuss their coverage with their insurance professional.
6.If you are giving or receiving expensive gifts, such as jewelry, electronics, or other costly items, you should review your homeowners insurance to make sure you have enough coverage for these expensive items. The commissioner recommended that unwrapped gifts, especially more expensive ones, not be left visible through windows.
7.To make sure guests get home safely from holiday parties, it’s recommended to:
- Stop serving liquor toward the end of the party;
- Switch to coffee, tea, or soft drinks;
- Arrange for a ride or offer for that guest to stay at your home if anyone appears to have had too much to drink or seems too tired to drive home.
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