We at ABEL Heating & Cooling want to remind our friends and customers about hazards that can be lurking – ready to destroy your holiday cheer.
Holiday Fire Starters
Tis the season – when we see too many fires caused by holiday mistakes. Here are some ideas from the National Safety Council (NSC):
Turkey Fryers – These can produce a golden juicy holiday turkey, but take heed that the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports, “…there have been 168 turkey-fryer related fires, burns, explosions or carbon monoxide poisoning incidents since 2002…and 672 people have been injured and $8 million in property damage losses have resulted from these incidents.”
Due to this, the NSC discourages the use of turkey fryers at home, recommending instead the new oil-less fryers. But if you still prefer your favorite fryer, they offer a list of precautions:
- Set up the fryer at least 10 feet from the house and keep children away.
- Find flat ground; the oil must be even and steady to ensure safety.
- Use a thawed and dry turkey; any water will cause the oil to bubble furiously and splatter.
- The fryer lid and handle can become very hot and cause burns.
- Have a fire extinguisher ready at all times.
Candles and Fireplaces – About 2,200 deaths occurred last year from fires, burns and fire-related injuries, and according to the National Fire Protection Association 12% were caused by candles.
Here are some tips to consider when firing up for warmth or ambiance this holiday season:
- Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle.
- Keep candles out of reach of children and pets – cats can be very curious.
- Make sure candles are on stable surfaces.
- Don’t burn candles near trees, curtains, on shelves, or any other flammable items.
- Don’t burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace.
- Check and clean the chimney and surrounding areas of the fireplace at least once a year.
Christmas Decoration Hazards
Festive décor is a great way to enhance the holiday mood around the home, and at your place of work. But there are a few things to be careful with:
- Keeping small children in mind, place breakable or glass ornaments, or ones with sharp metal hooks, toward the top of your tree.
- If using artificial snow spray on windows or other surfaces, follow the manufacturer’s directions. These can irritate your lungs when inhaled.
- Angel’s hair is made from spun glass and can be toxic to your eyes and skin. Wear gloves when handling, and again, keep away from kids and pets.
- Although beautiful and festive, some plants and greenery can be poisonous, including Poinsettias. Keep them away from children and pets.
- Always use proper equipment for putting up decorations…a safe ladder or something sturdy.
- Lighting is another potential hazard. Make sure there are no exposed or frayed wires, loose connections, overloaded or broken sockets.
Holiday Gift Safety
Careful thought can prevent possible injury:
- Does a gift contain lithium batteries? These are poisonous if swallowed by children or pets.
- Don’t give small children gifts that contain little pieces that can be swallowed or chewed.
- Think about seniors and consider the size and weight of your gift.
Don’t Give the Gift of Food Poisoning
Here are a few tips from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
- Use a food thermometer to make sure meat is cooked to a safe temperature.
- Refrigerate leftovers and when storing turkey and other meats, be sure to cut into small pieces so they will chill quickly.
- Bring sauces, soups and gravies to a rolling boil when reheating.
- Wash your hands frequently when handling food.
Your Winter Heating Check-up
And last, but not least, be sure your heating system is in great working order. There’s nothing worse than having a heating system failure when you’re about to enjoy the day with your family and friends. Take advantage of our furnace safety and mechanical inspections. Above all, enjoy your holidays and stay safe through the New Year!
To schedule an estimate or inspection, give us a call at 952-472-COOL (2665) or Contact Us