Holiday Home Safety Tips

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here, and for many families in Woodstock and surrounding communities that means gathering with friends and family at home. It’s an exciting time of year to be sure, but before you fry up the turkey and deck the halls, take a few moments to review some holiday home safety tips that can protect your house and the people in it.

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Be fire safety smart.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 672 people have been injured since 2002 in turkey fryer incidents, and turkey fryers have also been responsible for $8 million in property damage in the same time frame. If you plan to fry a turkey, make sure you set up the fryer at least 10 feet from your house and any other structures (garage, play house, tool shed, etc.), keep a fire extinguisher handy, and make sure your turkey is completely thawed and dry.

Other important fire safety tips to remember include, but are not limited to:

  • Never leave your oven or stove on unattended.
  • Never leave candles unattended and make sure to burn them on stable surfaces away from any flammable objects.
  • Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected annually and only burn wood in your fireplace–not wrapping paper, wreaths, or anything else.

Deck the halls with safety in mind.

When decorating your home for the holidays, keep safety in mind, not just appearances. If there will be small children in your home, make sure none of your decorations could be overturned or pulled off their perch and harm a child. Consider placing breakable ornaments out of reach of small children on your Christmas tree, and make sure to keep the tree watered. A dry tree is a fire hazard in waiting.

If you plan to hang lights, use LEDs when possible (they burn cooler than incandescent bulbs) as they generate less heat. No matter what type of lights you use, follow electrical safety protocol; don’t overload power strips, don’t stretch extension cords across walkways, and turn off all lights when you leave your home or go to sleep.


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