- Beware of holiday lighting.
Take care when burning candles. Be sure they are kept away from
decorations or other combustible materials. Don't leave children
unattended in a room with lit candles, and always keep candles,
as well as matches and lighters, out of the reach of children.
Never display lighted candles in windows or near exits.
- Decorate only with flame-retardant
or noncombustible materials. Avoid using candles during
parties. If guests will be smoking, provide them with large,
deep ashtrays and check them frequently. After the party, check
inside and under upholstery and in trash cans for cigarette butts
that may be smoldering.
- Keep Christmas trees fresh.
Choose a fresh Christmas tree and secure it in a sturdy stand.
Place the tree away from heat sources and exits, and water it
daily. If you purchase an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled
as fire-retardant. If you plan to hang stockings on your fireplace,
do not use the fireplace for fires.
- Designate a driver. When
attending a party, always designate a non-drinking driver. If
you are the host of a holiday gathering, be sure there are non-alcoholic
beverages available for guests who are driving.
- Buckle up. During the
holiday months, people travel more than ever. Wearing a seat
belt is the easiest and best way to prevent injury in a motor
vehicle collision. Ensure that all passengers are also wearing
- Enroll in a first aid and CPR course.
Although these tips can help prevent an emergency, it is also
important to be prepared should an emergency situation arise.
To enroll in a first aid or CPR course, contact your local Red
- Get your furry friends a special
gift. The American Red Cross and the Humane Society
of the United States have teamed up to help people help their
pets. Pet First Aid is an important reference guide for anyone
with a cat or dog. Contact your local Red Cross to purchase your
copy, or ask for Pet First Aid at your local bookstore.