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Holiday Safety Tips

Date: November 14, 2014 Categories: Blog

Thanksgiving is only two weeks away and with it the holiday season! Although this may be “the most wonderful time of year,” holidays can pose certain risks. Below are some helpful suggestions to ensure that you and yours have a safe and happy holiday season.


The National Safety Council (NSC) offers the following holiday safety tips:

• Wash hands, utensils, sink, and anything else that has come in contact with raw poultry.
• Salmonella can occur (in people and pets) if turkey isn’t fully cooked. Stuffed birds take longer to hit a safe temperature.
• Only defrost food in a refrigerator, cold water or a microwave.
• Dull blades cause most knife injuries, so keep kitchen knives sharp.
• Cut two inches off live tree trunks. Put in a sturdy, water-holding stand. Keep stand full of water.
• Keep trees away from heat sources as well as foot traffic and doors.
• Use a step stool/ladder to reach high places, not chairs, desks or other furniture.
• Always face ladders and grip rungs to climb – not side rails.
• Keep three points of contact on ladders – either two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand.
• Keep hips between ladder’s side rails. Reposition ladders close to work. Don’t lean or overreach.


Most importantly, to have a great season, give yourself plenty of time to just enjoy the holidays and the company of your loved ones.