Cooperative Review - November 2018
Vol68-11 November 2018

Keep the holidays safe

SMECO wants you to have a safe and happy time throughout the holiday season. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, please keep safety in mind.

Here are a few simple tips to remember.

Be safe while cooking

  • When baking a turkey, stay in the home and check on it frequently.
  • When cooking on the stovetop, stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on the food.

Around the house

  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
  • Make sure the tree does not block foot traffic or doorways.
  • Avoid using candles; they are a primary cause of house fires during the holidays.
  • Never nail, tack, or stress wiring when hanging lights; keep plugs off the ground away from puddles and snow.

Take care with children and pets

  • In homes with small children and pets, take special care to avoid sharp or breakable decorations.

Decoration safety is key

  • Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree.
  • For a live tree, make sure it always has an adequate amount of water, and keep it away from any heat source.
  • For an artificial tree, choose one that is tested and labeled as fire resistant. Artificial trees with built-in electrical systems should have the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label.
  • Use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord. Extension cords should be placed against the wall to avoid tripping hazards.
  • Don’t use frayed or damaged electric cords, and never use electric lights on a metallic tree.
  • Turn off all holiday lights when you go to bed or leave the house.