Safety Tips: Holiday Safety

At our companies, safety is what guides us every step of the way, whether on a job site, plant or anywhere our work takes us. But what sets us apart is that we don’t forget about safety at the end of the workday; we take it home with us. There are many safety precautions we observe in our line of work that have relevance to daily life, especially during the holiday season, and we’re sharing them here on our blog. From holiday shopping to Christmas lights, here are some tips to help you and your loved ones stay safe. 

Safe Shopping:

  • Avoid carrying large bulky packages that block your vision or may cause you to fall.
  • Use services offered by many stores such as an escort to your car or delivery to your office.
  • Keep money or credit cards separate from wallets or purses.
  • Keep purse or wallet closed and close to your body at all times. If possible, conceal under your coat

Christmas Trees:

  • Carefully choose a tree that is not too dry—one without loose needles. Check a branch near the base. Bend needles to make sure they do not break.
  • To preserve tree’s freshness, cut a one- or two-inch diagonal slice off the bottom.
  • Place tree in a sturdy stand and check water level daily.
  • Keep tree away from heat sources (vents, fireplace, etc.) to avoid drying.
  • Place tree in a low-traffic area. Don’t block entrances or exits.
  • Place tree outside soon after the holidays and recycle – do not burn it.
  • At the end of the holidays, wash and store artificial trees in plastic bags.


  • Examine holiday lights before hanging them. Replace any missing or broken parts, check by setting lights on a nonflammable surface and leave plugged in for 10-15 minutes to see that the lights don’t melt or smoke.
  • Keep lights away from curtains or flammable materials.
  • Make sure cords and plugs do not come in contact with water.
  • To prevent overheating, pinching and fraying, do not run cords under carpet, rugs, or behind furniture.
  • Never connect more than three sets of lights to an extension cord.
  • Unplug all lights before you leave the house or office or go to bed.

Fireplaces & Other Fire Hazards:

  • Always use a fire screen.
  • Don’t burn trash in the fireplace because it can create toxic fumes or uncontrollable fires.
  • Don’t wear loose clothing or synthetic materials prone to melting when tending a fire.
  • Keep flue open until all embers have burned out.
  • Dispose of ashes in a metal container.
  • Make sure the fire is out before leaving the workplace or going to bed.
  • Keep lit candles away from curtains and out of reach of children.
  • Never place lit candles on or near a Christmas tree.
  • Check smoke detectors once a month.

Holiday Traveling:

  • Winterize your vehicle.
  • Carry a winter survival kit, including warm gear, nonperishable foods, and first-aid items.