Holiday Safety

Holiday Safety Tips

The holidays bring good times with family and loved ones, delicious food, and time to relax and recharge for 2017. It’s a wonderful time of year! It’s also a time of year that we need to make sure we’re mindful of safety items so that we keep ourselves and our homes safe. Check out these safety tips!

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    Thanksgiving Safety

    Thanksgiving Safety

    Next week the cooking will commence for feasts in many households. As you prepare be sure to follow these tips to make sure you and yours have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

     

    T – Thaw your turkey in the refrigerator below 40 degrees. It’s not a good idea to thaw your turkey on the counter. 

     

    U- Use caution when frying your bird and do not under any circumstances do the frying indoors. This includes the garage – outdoors for frying turkeys is the way to go.

     

    R- Remember to clean the surfaces that food being prepared is touching frequently. Have spray or wipes on hand that kill germs and wipe the countertops down in between each use.

     

    K- Keep the kids and pets away from hot surfaces. There’s a lot going on when cooking a big meal and it’s easy for little hands or paws to get burned. Ask a family member or guest to keep them entertained while you cook.

     

    E- Everyone wants to have the perfect bird but, even if it’s a little overcooked that’s better than undercooked! Raw turkey is never what anyone wants on the menu. Make sure the inner temperature of Tom Turkey reaches 165 degrees.

     

    Y- Your smoke detectors need to be fully functional. If you didn’t just test them when we rolled our clocks back be sure to do it before you start cooking for the holiday.

     

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      Holiday Safety Tips

      Holiday Safety Tips

      With the holidays comes shopping, gatherings, and travel. It’s a wonderful but, also very busy time of year. Be sure to keep these safety tips in mind to make sure you, your loved ones, and your home have a happy and SAFE holiday season!

       

       

       

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        Holiday Pet Safety Tips

        Holiday Pet Safety Tips

        As you gear up for the holidays it’s important to keep your pets in mind, after all, they’re a part of the family. It’s a busy time of year with a lot of extras going on and keeping your pet’s daily routine as close to normal as possible is something every pet parent should try to do. From décor, to parties, to food there’s a lot to consider to keep your pet safe.
         


        Décor Safety Tips

        • Christmas Tree – anchor your tree so that it doesn’t pose a threat of falling over and injuring your pet. This is especially important if your feline friends like to attempt to climb the tree. Do not let your pets drink the tree water. Stagnant tree water can be a breeding ground for bacteria and your pet can become ill from ingesting it. Tinsel is not a good idea if you have curious pets. What looks like a toy to them can easily get swallowed and lead to an obstructed digestive track.
           
        • Candles – they create beautiful ambiance but, they also need to be monitored at all times. If you leave the room blow them out! Pets can easily burn themselves or knock them over and cause a fire if left unattended.
           
        • Wires – the holidays bring a lot of wires that aren’t typically in your home and keeping them out of paws reach is a must. Your pet could suffer a lethal shock if they bite into a wire. Batteries are also something to steer clear of being left out. A punctured battery can cause burns to an animal’s mouth and esophagus.
           


        Holiday Gathering Safety Tips

        • Party Animal – some pets like to be the life of the party. If your pet falls into that category your animal-loving guests can feel free to interact and enjoy your furry friend. However, not all pets like to be the center of attention and even those that do still need a break at times. Have a quiet space set up for your pet complete with a snuggly place to lay and water.
           
        • Guests Belongings – have guests house their handbags and coats in a closet or room that allows you to close the door to keep your pet out. Let your guests know the door needs to remain closed at all times. This will ensure your pet doesn’t get into anything that might be in a guest’s bag or coat pocket – especially medication.
           
        • New Year’s – poppers and fireworks can be terrifying for pets and even cause damage to their ears. Be sure to secure them in a safe, escape-proof area on New Year’s Eve.
           


        Holiday Food Dangers

        • Holiday Goodies - the holidays inevitably bring more food into our homes. Many pets will go to extreme lengths to taste the yummy goodies their humans enjoy. Make sure to keep your pets away from unattended food both on plates and the counter and secure your trash in and out of the house.
           
        • Bones – feeding bones from human food to your pet is a big no-no. For some reason, the holidays seem to increase when this happens and while they might be giving you lovey eyes to hand one over don’t do it! The bones can splinter inside your pet and lead to costly medical bills or worse.
           
        • Special Pet Toys – we’ve all seen the pretty toys with strings, ribbon, yard, and loose little parts. Steer clear of all of them, they can become lodged in your pet’s intestines and lead to surgery being needed. There are plenty of safe toys (and treats!) to pick from to fill your pets stocking with.
           



        It’s the most wonderful time of the year and keeping your pet safe will allow both of you to fully enjoy the holidays together!

         

         

        Holiday Home Safety Tips 2018

        Holiday Home Safety Tips 2018
        The holidays are tons of fun but, they’re also very busy. When the days are filled with shopping and festivities on top of our normal obligations it’s easy to overlook the little details.

         


        Packages being stolen from homes seems to be at an all-time high. If you’re gone at work all day make arrangements to keep what you purchase safe. Even if it means an extra stop on the way home from work to pick them up from the shipping carrier it’s worth it. Security cameras and doorbells help but, even then they don’t deter some brazen thieves.
         

        Travel is getting ready to kick back into high gear and protecting your home while you’re away should be on your mind. Have a plan in place with a checklist to go through before you leave. If you’re someone who has lights that can be controlled by your phone you’re ahead of the game! They’re a great security feature. If you’re like the majority who do not, don’t let your house sit dark every night. Leaving just one light on a timer isn’t enough. Thieves watch and they’ll quickly be able to tell it’s the same light every night at the same time. Use different lights on different timers but, make sure it’s not one that allows anyone to see into your home. Better yet, ask a neighbor or a friend to pop in and out a couple times, not just to pick up your mail or clear packages from the door but, to actually come and go.
         


        Social media…you’re probably reading this and thinking duh Amanda we all know not to post travel details on social media and I’m sure you do but, the fact is I see SO many people posting their exact travel plans and often with comments saying when they will return home. If you have someone house sitting for you or maybe you watch your security cameras from your phone 24/7 then that’s a different story but, if you don’t have a way to keep a constant eye on your home don’t advertise to the world that you’re away and especially don’t advertise how long you’ll be gone. As bad as it sounds (and it is) not everyone you’re friends with or who follows you has good intentions. Don’t offer any temptation to come to your home and break in. Save those Instagram worthy pictures for when you return home.
         


        Lastly, be mindful of your holiday trash. It’s another way you can advertise to thieves and give them the extra nudge they need to want to break into your home. If expensive or popular gifts have been exchanged at your home don’t just toss the boxes on the curb for the world to see. If you need to, make time to take a trip to the dump and directly dispose of or recycle them. At the very least disguise them in black trash bags that have been tied up to avoid anyone simply being able to casually drive by and see what could be inside your home.

        Most importantly set aside a little time to think of what needs to happen to keep your holiday and your home safe!