The holiday season is in full effect and many of us forget to think about the risks associated with this wonderful season. From slipping and falling on untreated sidewalks to hazardous lights and cyber theft. While this time of year is filled with fun and excitement it is important to be mindful of the risks and how to avoid them
Here are the 9 biggest risks during the holidays and how to combat them.
The 9 biggest risks during the most wonderful time of the year:
Slippery Sidewalks & Walkways:
Slippery Sidewalks & Walkways can be treacherous to navigate especially for the elderly and small children. Keep salt on hand for when it snows and for those days where it is above freezing for the day and below freezing at night.
While holiday lights do bring beauty to the outside and inside of the house it is vital to follow the guidelines to avoid fires. Never string together more than (3) sets of lights. Throw out old sets and those that are frayed. If you are purchasing new light sets buy LED lights as they are 80% more efficient and much cooler than traditional lights.
Who doesn’t love a fresh tree? While fresh trees are great, many artificial trees are fire resistant reducing the risk in your home. If you choose to have a fresh tree be sure to keep the tree watered so that it doesn’t become dry. When fresh trees become dry they become a huge fire hazard with glowing lights. Check the water in your tree daily to keep those pine needles green and fresh!
Many of us shop online more during the holiday season so make sure you are entering your credit card into secure sites. Try to make purchases at secure locations or your home. Avoid coffee shops and other public places where cyber thieves can easily hack into your computer and steal your information. Check your accounts often to make sure there is no fraudulent activity.
Since we are so busy during the holiday season and tend to spend less time at home it is important to make sure you protect yourself and your home from thieves. Set alarms, lock doors, leave lights on to give the impression you are home and put away ladders and other tools that might make it easier for burglars to break in.
We all get in a hurry during the holiday season. Being in a rush can greatly increase the chance of an auto accident. During snowy and icy weather, drive safely and use caution. The best way to avoid an accident is not to be out at all unless absolutely necessary. Crowded, busy parking lots are another major source of car accidents. Drive defensively and always be aware of other cars and people around you.
Frozen pipes can be a major headache during the cold months. If you plan to be out of town during a cold time, make sure to have heat set at a minimum level to keep pipes from freezing. If you live in a rural area, a generator can be useful to make sure your home would not go without heat for a long stretch of time.
While this sounds crazy but PETS are a huge liability during the Holiday season. With lots of people in and out of your home, decorations littered throughout the house, and tons of food pets can get stressed. Be sure to keep pets in safe place during holiday parties to reduce the risk of biting and getting into food. Place ornaments on the tree out of reach of your pet and keep plenty of fresh water down so pets don’t drink tree water.
Who doesn’t love a holiday party? When you serve alcohol in your home you hold the liability to make sure no one in your party is over-served. A great way to ensure everyone has fun while staying sober is to STOP serving drinks before the end of the party and plan to have a trusted friend act as “bartender” in your home. This person can help limit the number of drinks people have and make sure everyone is drinking responsibly.