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Holiday Safety

Holiday Safety Tips

1IntroductionWhile we all love and enjoy the holiday season, it can bring many unfamiliar hazards into our lives. As we rush to stores to purchase those last minute gifts, cook large feasts for our families and friends and travel the world over to spend time with loved ones, this presentation is a reminder to be aware of potential Holiday Hazards and how you can stay safe during this wonderful season!

www.executivesm.com While we all love and enjoy the holiday season, it can bring many unfamiliar hazards into our lives.

As we rush to stores to purchase those last minute gifts, cook large feasts for our families and friends and travel the world over to spend time with loved ones, this presentation is a reminder to be aware of potential Holiday Hazards and how you can stay safe during this wonderful season!2IntroductionSafety precautions people must take to prevent injuries during the winter holidays should be focused on mitigating fire hazards such as: Cooking firesCandlesChristmas treesDecorationsTraveling Non working smoke detectorsHoliday parties

www.executivesm.com While the holiday season should be a joyous time enjoyed with your family, all too often needless tragedies occur because holiday hazards are ignored. Fire hazards posed by cooking, candles, Christmas trees and careless smoking are frequently neglected. People often forget about the dangers of driving in wintry conditions or under the influence of alcohol during this time of year.

Safety precautions people must take to prevent injuries and deaths during the winter holidays should be focused on mitigating: Cooking firesCandlesChristmas treesNon working smoke detectors3Fire PreventionEnsure fire hazards are prevented, including:Christmas trees are unplugged if not in the officeChristmas lights are unplugged if not in the officeCombustible material not stored near an ignition source

At home: Cooking fires are the most common type of fire during the holiday seasonHoliday season increases the use of candlesChristmas trees HazardsSmoke detectors

www.executivesm.com Fires happen all year round, but during the winter holidays we are more prone to doing certain activities that increase the chance of fire.

At the office: Ensure fire hazards are prevented in the office, including:Christmas trees are unplugged if not in the officeChristmas lights are unplugged if not in the officeCombustible material not stored near an ignition source

Firefighters respond to probably more kitchen fires than any other kind of fire. They can easily happen any time of year, but they are especially common during Christmas.

While you are doing extra cooking during Christmas time, you are also busy wrapping gifts and doing other holiday activities. During these activities, you forget that you had something on the stove and a fire breaks out. You now have a major emergency happening and you don't even know about it unless your smoke detectors go off and warn you.

Cooking can increase the chance of a fire in your home, so be aware of it during the holiday season4Candle HazardsCandles are not to be used at the office.If using candles at home: Make sure they are kept away from flammable materials.Make sure to put it out when you are not in the areaUse extreme caution with candles if you have children in the house.

www.executivesm.com The holiday season brings the increased use of candles. While they may be romantic and smell good, they also have an open flame and must be treated with respect.

Candles are not to be used at the officeWhen at home, you have to use them with caution because all it takes is contact with drapes or a Christmas tree and a candle has created a huge fire. Make sure they are kept away from flammable materials.

If you aren't going to be using a candle or you're going out of a room, make sure to put it out. Make sure to put candles out when you're going to bed at night.

Use extreme caution with candles if you have children in the house. They are fascinated by fire and are likely to try to make contact with the candle or its flame, which can result in a fire.

5Christmas Tree HazardsA dry Christmas tree, when it burns, virtually explodes and anything within the area will be fully engulfed in flamesCheck the water level every dayReplace any broken bulbs on Christmas tree lights immediately If you notice any bare wires or problems with cords, don't use them; replace them immediately.Keep Christmas trees away from any open flame or any source of heat, including electrical cords, fireplaces, candles, electric heaters, kerosene heaters and other potential ignition sourceEnsure Christmas trees do not block pathways or exits so that there is always a clear path in case of an emergency

www.executivesm.com Christmas trees, especially live trees, are potential fire hazards. A dry Christmas tree, when it burns, virtually explodes and anything within the room will be fully engulfed in flames within a matter of seconds.A Christmas tree needs a tremendous amount of water because they dry out really fast. Check the water level every day.Replace any broken bulbs on Christmas tree lights immediately. If you notice any bare wires or problems with cords, don't use them; replace them immediately.Keep Christmas trees away from any open flame or any source of heat, including electrical cords, fireplaces, candles, electric heaters, kerosene heaters and other potential ignition source

Ensure Christmas trees do not block pathways or exits so that there is always a clear path in case of an emergency

6DecorationsMake sure fragile glass ornaments or ornaments that small children could mistake for candy are placed high on the tree or consider not using them.If small children are in the home, do not use older ornaments that may be made with toxic materials such as lead based paints.Make sure that tinsel is not placed on low limbs where it could pose a choking hazard to small children or consider not using it at all.

www.executivesm.com When decorating, make sure fragile glass ornaments or ornaments that small children could mistake for candy are placed high on the tree or consider not using them.

If small children are in the home, do not use older ornaments that may be made with toxic materials such as lead based paints.

Make sure that tinsel is not placed on low limbs where it could pose a choking hazard to small children or consider not using it at all.

7Decorative LightingMake sure lights have a factory label which assures they have been safety tested.Inspect each string of lights to make sure there is no damage.Position bulbs so they are not in contact with tree needles or ornaments.If you string lights together, dont string more than 200 midget or 50 larger bulbs through one string.Dont connect more than 3 sets of lights on the same extension cord.Keep cords and plugs away from the water under the tree.Keep cords out of walkways to prevent tripping.Dont run cords under carpets or rugs.Take care not to pinch cords when placing behind furniture.

www.executivesm.com Smoke DetectorsWhen at home:Make sure you have smoke detectors in every main area of the house, including outside the sleeping areas.Make sure they are functioning properly. Follow the manufacturers guidelines for testing them to make sure they do work.When you hear the sound that indicates a low battery, replace that battery immediately. Don't just throw it away because you may forget to replace it.

www.executivesm.com If a fire does occur at your home, you want an early warning system. Smoke detectors save lives by giving you time to get out of the building.Make sure you have smoke detectors in every main area of the house, including outside the sleeping areas.Make sure they are functioning properly. Follow the manufacturers guidelines for testing them to make sure they do work.When you hear the sound that indicates a low battery, replace that battery immediately. Don't just throw it away because you may forget to replace it.

9Holiday Parties Dont drink alcohol in excess. 1 beer = 1 shot of whiskey = 1 glass of wine.Never drink alcohol on an empty stomach.Feel free to refuse alcohol regardless of pressure or encouragement to drink.Dont drink alcohol if you are pregnant or are using medication.NEVER DRINK ALCOHOL AND DRIVE!

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www.executivesm.com During the holidays, we love to celebrate. Here are some simple tips to remember when enjoying the festitivies:Dont drink alcohol in excess. 1 beer = 1 shot of whiskey = 1 glass of wine.Never drink alcohol on an empty stomach.Feel free to refuse alcohol regardless of pressure or encouragement to drink.Dont drink alcohol if you are pregnant or are using medication.NEVER DRINK ALCOHOL AND DRIVE!

10Discussion Questions:Why do you think people often forget about safety during the holidays?What can you do to make sure safety will be one of your top priorities this December?Have you or someone you know ever experienced an incident? What contributed to the incident and what could have been done to prevent it?What are some holiday hazards that were not discussed in the presentation? What can be done to prevent these hazards from causing problems?

www.executivesm.com Conclusion: Use these questions for team/family discussions

Why do you think people often forget about safety during the holidays?What can you do to make sure safety will be one of your top priorities this December?

What can be done to ensure that alcohol doesn't cause problems for your family or friends while celebrating the holidays?

Have you or someone you know ever experienced an incident? What contributed to the incident and what could have been done to prevent it?

What are some holida

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