Celebrating the holidays with family and friends is never a dull moment. From baking Grandma’s cookies to attending a handful of parties, December is a fast-paced month filled with heartwarming traditions. One tradition everyone should be practicing during this festive time of year is holiday safety.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are about 250 injuries a day during the holiday season. For Consumers Energy, keeping Michigan as safe as possible is first priority. We’re committed to informing our residents, businesses and employees about the ways to prevent accidents and keep injuries from ruining joyous occasions.
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From our family to yours, check these holiday safety tips off your to-do list this season:
- Choose a fresh pine tree to decorate your home and be sure to water it frequently. Place the tree in a stand that will not tip over and keep the tree away from heat sources and exits.
- Keep burning candles away from decorations and other materials that can catch fire. Do not leave children unattended in a room with lighted candles.
- Never leave the stove unattended while cooking, and turn pot handles inward on the stove and out of children’s reach. Go green in the kitchen
- Have at least one working smoke alarm on each level of your home, especially near sleeping areas.
- Make sure the fireplace flue is open before starting a fire, and never burn wrappings or your pine tree in the fireplace.
- Always keep a fire extinguisher handy just in case.
- If you’re traveling this season and see working crews, slow down and go around to keep everyone safe from harm.