Holiday Safety

Happy New Year

  • At a party, check to be sure the exits are clear.
  • Never let friends drink excessively. Alcohol affects judgement and coordination.
  • Check under furniture and cushions for smoldering cigarettes.
  • Independence Day

Fireworks Safety

  • Check to be sure local laws permit private firework celebrations.
  • Adults should supervise the use of fireworks.
  • Sparks and smoldering embers from fireworks can start fires. Have water nearby for emergencies.
  • Never use fireworks in neighborhood backyards or other crowded areas.
  • Always light fireworks one at a time.
  • Outdoor Cooking Safety
  • Keep grills a safe distance from houses and overhangs.
  • Use only properly labeled starter fluid, never substitute gasoline or kerosene.
  • Never apply fire starter to a smoldering fire. Instead, add dry kindling and blow gently across coals.
  • Never leave outdoor cooking unattended.


  • Costumes and decorations should be made of flame-retardant materials. Avoid loose, flammable clothing.
  • Each mask, wig and costume must be easily seen at night.
  • Use battery powered lights for jack-o-lanterns, not candles.
  • Keep decorations away from sources of heat, such as exposed bulbs and open flames.


  • Start holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven.
  • Keep kitchen clutter and loose clothing away from the stove's heat.
  • Turn pot handles in, away from a child's reach.
  • Use pot holders to avoid burns.
  • Never throw water on a grease fire. Instead, cover the burning pan with a lid.
  • Keep all appliances in good working order.
  • Never overload electrical outlets. Unplug appliances when not in use.
  • Never leave cooking food unattended.
  • Keep Thanksgiving decorations away from sources of direct heat.

Christmas Safety

  • Make sure your Christmas tree is fresh. Shedding needles is a sign of a dry tree.
  • Keep your tree fresh by placing it in a stand that holds water.
  • Make sure artificial trees are flame-retardant.
  • Never smoke around tree or flammable decorations.
  • Place trees away from direct sources of heat.
  • Never place a tree so it blocks an exit.
  • Only buy electric lights that are approved by a national testing lab such as UL.
  • Never decorate metal trees with electric lights
  • Always unplug lights before going to bed.
  • Never run electrical cords through doorways or under rugs.
  • Keep candles in sturdy holders and never places them near combustibles such as curtains.
  • Avoid hanging stockings near an open flame.
  • Never burn large amount of paper in a fireplace. This is a major cause of chimney fires.
Last Updated on Sunday, 27 January 2008 23:59