The month of December for many people means some time off, and perhaps enjoying more time with friends and family. As is true with any time of the year, safety in the home is very important. More time spent in the home though, can mean a greater possibility of accidents in the home, so with this in mind, we thought a few safety reminders would be a good idea.

A few things to keep in mind

Keeping a close eye on children is most important. Make sure that sharp objects such as scissors and knives are well out of reach of small children. Do you like poinsettias in the house? Did you know that they are actually poisonous? If you have them inside, don’t allow children or even pets to touch them.

Fire, as we frequently mention. can be big issue in the home. Never leave lit candles unattended, and keep them far away from any flammable materials. Check string lights for any signs of frayed wires or broken bulbs etc. especially if they have been in storage. And again, do not let children or pets be around these items.

If you have a fireplace, before using it, take some time to make sure the fireplace and chimney is in good order. Ensure the flue is open. Also, anything that could catch fire surrounding the fireplace should be moved out of the way before lighting the fire. Another thing to avoid would be throwing empty wrappers into the fire.

Now would be a good time to test your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Make sure they are working well and don’t require batteries. It may seem extreme, but its also wise to have a fire evacuation plan, and make your guests aware of it. There are many potential fire hazards to be aware of. Some big hazards are leaving the stove unattended and if there will be smokers in the house, make sure that no smoldering cigarette butts placed in the trash.

We know that these are rather basic reminders, but they are very important to keep in mind.