There is a standard list of things to either check or else follow as far as safety over the holiday season is concerned.


The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), the premier non-profit organization, dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety at home and in the workplace offers some safety tips:

  • Inspect your electrical decorations for damage before using.

  • Don’t overload electrical outlets.

  • Never connect more than three strings of incandescent lights.

  • Keep tree fresh by watering daily

  • Use battery-operated candles

  • Keep combustibles at least three feet from heat source

  • Check decorations for certification labels (Decorations not bearing a label from an Independent testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Intertek (ETL) have not been tested for safety and could be hazardous.

  • Stay in the kitchen when something is cooking

  • Turn off, unplug, and extinguish all decorations when going to sleep or leaving the house.

Here is a link for a printable poster of the above to post in your home or residential facility:


I found a post by the LAPD [Los Angeles Police Department] regarding personal safety during the holiday seasons. I felt this was well worth following:

  • Avoid driving alone or late at night

  • Lock all doors and windows of your vehicle

  • If shopping at night, park in well-lit area as close to the building as possible

  • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells or vehicles with tinted windows.

  • Have vehicle keys out and available before you leave the building

  • Secure your purse and packages at all times. Do not sit them down or on top of the car in order to open the door

  • Be aware of your surroundings and do not approach your car should there be persons around it. Rather, ask a security guard to escort you to your vehicle.

  • When leaving or arriving at your home, be sure to note that you actually locked your doors.

  • Leave on lights inside and out, should you anticipate being out past dark. Possibly leave a television or radio playing so that it gives an appearance that someone is home.

  • Be aware that criminals will sometimes pose as a courier for a package or even gift solicitations. Be sure you courier or the person collecting funds is clearly identified. Be sure the charitable foundation is legitimate, else do not donate.


  • Plan ahead: Key to travel safety is planning ahead. Know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. Download the latest GPS data or obtain a new map. Check for construction detours, and consult the weatherman.

  • Leave your itinerary and contact information with a trusted person so your whereabouts are known at all times.

  • Never tell a stranger about your travel plans.

  • Do not drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or even distractions such as cell phones

  • Use seat belts for older individuals and a car seat for small children

  • Driving by day is safer than driving at night, so consider this when choosing your travel time.

  • Always have a breakdown kit with you. This could include the following: flares and flashlights, jumper cables, fuses and spare tires, and perhaps even blankets).


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