November 13, 2015

Holiday safety tips

Holiday decorating safety

Holiday safety tips

Are you hosting family and friends for the holidays? If so, follow the below safety tips from the National Safety Council while decorating and preparing food.

Decorating safety

If your family decorates a holiday tree, these tips will keep you and your family safe throughout the duration of the holiday season.
  • If decorating a natural tree, make sure it is well watered to avoid dry branches from catching fire from the heat of light bulbs.
  • Have an artificial tree? Choose one that is tested and labeled as fire resistant.
  • Regardless of what type of tree your family decorates, stand your tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources.
  • Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires and loose connections. Replace or repair any damaged light sets.
  • Use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord.
  • Avoid placing breakable tree ornaments or ones with small, detachable parts on lower branches where small children or pets can reach them.
  • Turn off all lights on trees and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house, and unplug extension cords when not in use.

Holiday cooking safety

Food safety

One of the many joys of the holiday season is to enjoy traditional, family meals. Follow these tips to make your meal a success!
  • Always wash hands, utensils, sink and anything else that has come in contact with raw poultry.
  • Avoid cleaning kitchen surfaces with wet dishcloths or sponges. They harbor bacteria and promote bacteria growth. Use clean paper towels instead.
  • Never defrost food at room temperature. Thaw it in the refrigerator, cold water or in the microwave.
  • Use a clean food thermometer to cook foods to a safe internal temperature before serving.
If you are a resident of Shelby Forest, remember the beautiful clubhouse can be reserved for private parties throughout the year. Take advantage of the wonderful amenities allotted to residents and entertain in style!

For a complete list of safety precautions from the National Safety Council, click here.