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STATE SAFETY OFFICE

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Holiday Safety - 19 02

The Holidays Should Be Healthy and Safe!

November marks the beginning of the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day will bring families together to celebrate. It is also a period of increased travel, increased opportunities to over-indulge in alcohol, over-decorate our houses, and try new methods of cooking traditional meals. The following are just a few tips to keep in mind in order to prevent a tragedy from occurring during this festive time of year.

Turkey Fryers

While many subscribe to the theory any fried food is good - even if it's not necessarily good for you - there is reason to be on alert if you're thinking of celebrating the holidays by frying a turkey.

For each year from 2014 to 2016, an estimated 2,400 residential building fires were reported to fire departments in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day and caused an estimated 5 deaths, 25 injuries and $19 million in property loss. (According to the U.S. Fire Administration.)

Please follow these precautions:

Candles and Fireplaces

https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/US-Fire-Problem/Candles

Increased use of candles and fireplaces, combined with an increase in the amount of combustible, seasonal decorations present in many homes means more risk for fire.

Please follow these precautions:

http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-holiday-safety.aspx

More off-duty safety tips are available at the CRC website: https://safety.army.mil/MEDIA/Seasonal-Safety-Campaigns/All-Seasons

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