It’s hard to believe that it’s already the Holiday Season again! Seems like I just wrote last December’s blog! This year I thought I would discuss safety during the holidays… we often get caught up in the fun stuff like shopping, going to parties and watching endless Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel, and forget to stop and think about safety issues that are unique to this time of year. Here are a few:
Don’t overload your outlets with multiple plugs from strings of lights! Invest in a good power strip with surge protector to avoid blowing breakers!
Toss any strings of lights that have exposed wires or faulty bulb receptacles… lights are so cheap now… why not avoid the frustration? (I’m picturing that ONE section of the tree that has a faulty string of lights… urgh!)
If you’re expecting packages, bring them in right away as soon as they are delivered! If you’re going out of town, arrange for someone to stop by and bring them in or pick them up.
Don’t forget to blow out any candles when you leave or before you go to bed. Also, only place candles on sturdy surfaces, far away from draperies or other flammable articles.
Lock your car doors and don’t leave any valuables in plain sight while you’re out shopping!
Avoid drinking and driving… take a taxi, call an Uber or Lyft, or arrange for a designated driver instead!
Let’s not forget about the pets either!
Avoid shiny strands of tinsel that cats can be attracted to and nibble on! This can lead to an obstructed digestive tract and cause major issues!
Fresh plants such as holly and mistletoe can be harmful to your pets if they ingest them! Chose artificial alternatives instead.
Anchor the Christmas tree so it doesn’t fall over, injuring your pet!
Keep tree water covered so that pets can’t drink it… it may contain poisonous fertilizers.
Keep batteries and ornaments out of paws’ reach so pets don’t get hurt.
Hope these tips will help YOU this holiday season! From all of us at Castle Hills Real Estate: Merry (safe) Christmas, and Happy New Year!!
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