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Christmas Safety Tips

Check out these six EASY Christmas safety tips. Make sure you and your family review them to stay this holiday season.

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It’s the holiday season and Christmas is a great time of year. It’s the time of year where I’m shopping, making Christmas treats, seeing school performances, and going to parties.  

Things got put on hold this past weekend when we got SNOW!  I can’t believe we got snow so early this year living in North Carolina.

 I went to the grocery store up the road and it was slammed busy with people.  When I was walking back out to the car, I slipped on a little patch of ice.  Luckily, I was holding on to the buggy, but what if I was older or had trouble walking, it could have been a HUGE disaster and having a broken bone could have ruined my holiday.

I really shouldn’t have been leaving the house in that mess!

Check out these 4 EASY Christmas safety tips you need to review to stay safe over the holidays.

Six Christmas Safety Tips

Seasonal safety isn’t soemthingn people normally think about but when it comes to the holidays you need to pay attention a little more to certain things!

Stay inside and out of the snow and ice.

This is what I should have done instead of running out when snow and ice were all over the ground.  I’ve made a list of items needed in case of a snowstorm hits so I’m prepared ahead of time.

I have a small area in my dining room and it’s perfect for holding these items in case we are stuck in the house.  I plan on putting lots of nonperishable food in there such as, mac-n-cheese, soups, crackers, and SNACKS!  

Grab some salt at the home improvement store if you do get ice to keep you safe on your driveway and sidewalks. Holiday shopping can wait.

You don’t need to leave your home. Just keep you and your family safe and stay home until the roads are clear. This advice is good all winter long!

We still have a little snow 4 days later!

bush with pine straw with patches of snow.

Be safe when shopping.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been known to run out to Khols late at night when it’s close to Christmas because they are open 24 hours.

Be aware of your surroundings when you’re walking in a parking lot or going to the restroom.  It can be really stressful this time of year for some people and they could resort to things they normally wouldn’t do just to get some extra cash.  

Keep your purse or wallet in a place that a pick pocket can’t get to easily and park in a well lit area.

Many stores will offer security escorts to your car if you ask so don’t be afraid to ask!

Here’s a best selling keychain alarm that every woman needs to have. It’s VERY loud and will scare off anyone.

Don’t drink and drive.

I don’t really have to say much about this, do I?  Don’t do it. There are ways you can get home safely with Uber and Lyft.

Home safety.  

Do you do a lot of online shopping like I do?  I love shopping in my PJ’s!  Don’t have packages piling up on your front door if you know you’re not going to be there.  It’s so inviting to criminals!  Think about getting home securtiy cameras if you have problems like this in your area. Keep your doors and windows locked too.

Blury tree on blue background

Christmas lights.

All of you have been doing some holiday decorating and about half of you have outdoor lights.  You need to think about electrical safety too. Make sure you put the outside lights on a timer so they don’t burn all night.  Make sure your extension cords are in good shape.  

Tree safety.

Did you know your Christmas tree can be a HUGE fire hazard? Fire safety probably isn’t something most people think about around Christmas. Make sure you keep your tree watered well.  I know I’m pretty attentive at first, but I start to slack off when I know my tree will make it to Christmas.  

Also, make sure your Christmas lights you’re putting on the tree are in good condition.

Check out this video from Erie Insurance.  Look how fast this tree catches fire and burns.  It doesn’t take long.  

It’s so important that everyone in your family knows about fire prevention and fire safety and knows two ways out of every room AND you have an escape plan. This is a good time to review those plans with your children.

They also have a lot of other great tips over at their website.

Scary!!  Don’t place your tree near heat sources (like the fireplace). Many house fires are started by candles too.

These holiday safety tips are so simple, but sometimes you just need a reminder how quickly something can go wrong.  Hope you have a safe holiday season!