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Nov and Dec Safety Newsletter "Christmas Safety"

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Safety Newsletter

November/December 2020

TOPICS INCLUDE: Holiday Safety, Christmas Tree Safety

It’s that time of the year. Everywhere we look we see decorations, lights and such, however we got to keep in mind and remember that with all this comes an increased risk of disasters happening.

Things such as strings of lights, garland or even loose tree ornaments can be trip hazards. If your client or even yourself decorates for Christmas be extra careful where and how you are walking.

Her are some tips on picking and maintaining a Christmas Tree.

1. Choose fresh over cheap and dry- The fresher the tree, the less likely it will pose a fire hazard. Look for flexible needles that don't break, and a trunk with sap.

2. Keep the water coming- The tree stand should contain a continuous source of water and be sturdy enough to resist toppling by clients, kids or pets.

3. Don't choke the cord- Attach only three maximum strings of lights to any one extension cord, then place cords along walls to prevent a tripping hazard. Never run them under rugs or carpets.

4. Trees don't need warmth- Keep the tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, candles and even a TV.

5. Not any lights will do- Use low energy, safe lighting that's been certified by a safety testing lab. Don't use damaged or frayed cords.

6. Shut the lights- Never leave the lights on overnight. Same goes for any appliances not in use when you are home or away.

7. Don't keep a dry tree around- Dispose of it at this point properly. Don't even keep it in the garage.

8. Artificial tree safety awareness- Artificial trees should be flame resistant and have a seal for an approved safety testing laboratory if the tree contains a built-in lighting set.

9. Death by artificial tree- If the tree is metal, never use electric lights, as they can charge the tree and lead to electrocution.

10. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby- Make sure everyone knows its location and how to use it.

Please watch this video for a sense of how fast a dry tree can go up

If you have any ideas for future Safety Newsletter Topic contact Keri @ or call the office and ask for Keri.

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