Happy (and Safe) Holidays
- Use turkey fryers outdoors. Don’t overfill fryer pots with cooking oil – the oil will splash out onto the burner and blaze.
- Keep kids out of the kitchen away from hot appliances and dangerous utensils.
- Make sure flammable items, like potholders and dish towels, stay away from stove burners.
- Don’t leave stoves and ovens unattended.
- Use good food safety practices to prevent foodborne sickness.
- Don't overload electrical circuits. Modern LED decorations use much less power and allow the connection of many more strings to the same outlet.
- Try not to use extension cords. If you do, don’t run them under rugs or across walkways.
- If you use a live tree, check the water level every day.
- Keep dangerous or fragile ornaments and decorations out of the reach of kids.
- Have a neighbor accept package deliveries if you’re not home. Have them sent to your workplace if that’s allowed.
- Be wary of unknown or unexpected people coming to your door. They could be checking to see if anyone’s home for burglary purposes.
- Think before you post travel plans, Christmas vacation photos or expensive gifts on social media.
- Don’t leave empty boxes from expensive electronics on the curb.
- Contact EMC Security for a free home evaluation. Have them install an alarm system and security cameras.
- Don’t leave gifts in plain sight. Lock them in your car’s trunk.
- Park in well-lit areas.
- Don’t carry large amounts of cash, just the credit cards you’ll use.
- Shop with groups of friends, not alone.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t be distracted or enthralled by your cell phone.