It’s that time of year again. Time for candy canes, gingerbread cookies, and figgy pudding – whatever that is! That’s right, it’s the holiday season and time for me to stuff my face with delicious treats before New Year’s resolutions kick in. But it’s also a time for something even more sinister, that you may not have considered. It’s also the time of year where home fires are the most frequent.
Amidst the holiday cooking, festive baking, and Christmas decorations, danger can lurk behind every corner of the home, ready to steal your holiday joy. But don’t get your Christmas lights in a twist, because the Red Cross is here with a few tips on how you can keep your community safe during the holidays.
1. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets in one outlet.
2. Choose decorations and artificial trees that are flame resistant or flame retardant. Place the tree away from heat sources and exits. Water real trees daily.
3. Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces unattended. Make sure you have working smoke alarms. Keep any objects at least three feet away. I’m looking at you, stockings!
4. Holiday safety is a true community effort. You can help the Red Cross build safer communities through your holiday generosity. This year your local Red Cross is grateful to be working with the Ventura County Star for the annual Bell Ringer campaign. The Red Cross, along with two other local non-profits, will be the beneficiary or your charitable donations through the program. With your support, Red Cross volunteers will be able to install free smoke alarms and teach local families the importance of fire safety.
Click here to learn more about the campaign!
We hope these tips will keep your family safe and sound this holiday season. For more Red Cross holiday safety tips, click here.
From all of us in your Red Cross family, Happy Holidays!
Regional Director of Communciations