22 Nov 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