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Important Holiday safety rules

Important Holiday safety rules

It is surprising how many people chose to ignore basic safety rules during the Holidays.  A practice that puts us and our families at risk. The following list is a good reminder of what is important. 


  • Use lights and extension cords that are in good condition.
  • Use indoor lights if indoors and outdoor lights if outdoors. There’s a reason both exist!
  • Turn off the lights before going to bed or before leaving the house, the office.
  • Respect the number of sets of lights that can be strung together. See manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Opt for LED lights as they have cool-burning lights and save electricity.
  • Never put extension cords through doorways or under carpets.
  • No nails, tacks or staples to hang cords and lights. Guess why!
  • Do not overload electrical outlets.


  • Do not use angel hair (glass wool) together with spray-on snowflakes. This combination is very combustible.
  • Do not use metallic ornaments on the tree. If they make contact with defective wiring, they could become a shock hazard.
  • Real trees quickly become dry and are a fire hazard. Most trees will last about 14 days.


  • Keep candles one meter away from anything that can burn.
  • Always consider the safety of toys (e.g. small pieces can be a choking hazard, movement of pieces that may be pinch points, quality of materials, etc.).
  • Do not leave hot or cold foods at room temperature for more than two hours.
  • The house must be equipped with a working carbon monoxide detector, smoke alarm, fire extinguisher, and a first aid kit.
  • Do not allow anyone to drive if the weather presents a danger and if their faculties are impaired.

Jackie Beaudoin, Leclerc Insurance and Financial Services
Source :  Government of Canada