Top 10 Holiday Safety Tips for Triangle Area Homeowners

We want our Triangle area friends, family, and fans to be safe this season! To enjoy a wonderful holiday season, and to prevent injuries from Christmas trees, lights, and other holiday decorations, follow these holiday safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

decorated christmas tree1. Purchase a Fire Resistant or Fresh Tree

Buying the right Christmas tree is the first step to ensuring it doesn’t become a fire hazard. If you purchase an artificial tree this holiday season, purchase one that is labeled “fire resistant.” If you purchase a live tree, check that it is fresh — it should have green needles and sticky resin on the underside of the trunk.

2. Keep Your Tree Away from Heat Sources

For both artificial and live trees, ensure that your tree is placed far away from fireplaces, radiators, and lighted candles. If you purchase a live tree, take these extra precautions to ensure that it does not become a fire hazard in your home:

  • Keep your live tree watered. Heated rooms can quickly dry out your tree.
  • Cut a few inches off the trunk to expose the fresh wood. This will allow your tree to better absorb water.
  • Use noncombustible materials to trim a tree.

3. Check All Lights for Damage

Prevent injuries from indoor and outdoor lights by checking all sets of lights, both new and old, for cracked sockets, frayed wires, or loose connections. In addition, don’t overload your extension cord with multiple strands of lights; use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per extension cord.

4. Secure Outdoor Lights Against the Wind

If you have purchased outdoor lights, make sure you fasten them to your home’s walls or other solid supports with insulated staples or hooks.

5. Keep Fragile Decorations Out of Children’s Reach

Store breakable decorations out of sight or out of reach of children. You may also want to avoid tree decorations that resemble candy or food so children are not tempted to put the decorations in their mouths.

6. Keep Wrapping Paper Away from Fireplaces

When lighting fires, keep all flammable materials — including wrapping paper, tree boughs, and decorations — away from the open flames.

wrapped gift under the tree7. Follow Age Recommendations on Children’s Toys

Make sure that any gifts you purchase for children are age-appropriate. Some toys can have moving parts that pose a choking hazard for children under age 3. If the toy is age-appropriate, you may want to show the child how to use it.

8. Be Careful When Playing in the Snow

If it snows during the winter holidays, make sure that children have dry clothes and adult supervision at all times. In addition, keep children from using roads when sledding.

9. Create a List of Emergency Phone Numbers

Give a list of essential phone numbers, including the fire department and poison help line, to babysitters and family members in case of emergencies.

10. Follow These Essential Food Safety Tips

This holiday season, prepare your meals with safety in mind. Follow these tips to prevent food poisoning and other accidents.

  • Fully cook raw meat and wash raw vegetables.
  • Keep hot dishes out of reach of children.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Use separate utensils when preparing raw and cooked foods.

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

For all of your home buying and home selling needs, call us at Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS. As your local Raleigh real estate experts, we are here to help this holiday season!

To help you celebrate the season with your loved ones, we have Santa Claus coming to our office on Saturday, December 17, 10 AM – 2 PM! You’ll receive a free 5×7 photo with Santa. We hope to see you there!

Raleigh Deep Fried Turkey Safety Tips

Photo Courtesy of Mind The Science Gap
Photo Courtesy of Mind The Science Gap

PBS Food has listed a great list of deep-fried turkey safety tips! They interviewed a fire chief (who knows from experience) on the top tips for safety. Follow these safety tips to avoid harming yourself, others and your Raleigh home over the Thanksgiving holiday.

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  1. Stay Away from The House – Set up the turkey fryer more than 10 feet away from your Raleigh home and keep children and pets away. Never leave it unattended.
  2. Find Flat Ground – The oil must be even and steady at all times to ensure safety. Place the fryer on a flat, level surface and carefully gauge the amount of oil needed.
  3. Use a Thawed and Dry Turkey – Make sure your Thanksgiving turkey is completely thawed and dry. Extra water will cause the oil to bubble furiously and spill over. If oil spills from the fryer onto the burner, it can cause a fire.
  4. Monitor the Temp – Use caution when touching the turkey fryer. The lid and handle can become very hot and could cause burns. Also be sure to keep track of the oil’s temperature as many fryers do not have their own thermostats.
  5. Be Prepared – Have a fire extinguisher (multipurpose, dry-powder) ready at all times in the event that the oil ignites

For emergencies, always have a phone handy to call 911. Stay smart and safe this holiday season!

For other useful holiday tips for the home, stay connected to Linda Craft and Team, REALTORS on Call us today at 919.235.0007 for all real estate help and assistance!


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