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Posted on: November 15, 2018

Stay Safe This Holiday Season

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year; gathering with friends and family, eating your favorite holiday foods, and general holiday cheer. We want you to have the best and safest holiday possible, so we have listed a few reminders to help keep you, your home, and your family safe.

Cooking Safety. Making your Aunt Gertrude’s famous pecan pie? Or another favorite family recipe? No matter what you’re making, keep yourself safe your holiday favorites by:

  • Not leaving items unattended
  • Keeping flammable items away from cooking area.
  • Stay close to what you are cooking, especially when frying or sautéing.
  • Keep children away from cooking surfaces
  • If frying a turkey:
  • Do not fry a turkey inside your home.
  • Do not fry a turkey under any overhang, in an enclosure, or on a wooden deck. Fry only on a flat surface.
  • Do not fry a turkey under the eaves of your house.
  • Do not move the fryer after the turkey is in it and cooking has begun.
  • Do make sure the surface you are frying on is level and solid, such as concrete.
  • Do wear protective gear and safety goggles.
  • Do keep a working fire extinguisher close by.
  • Never allow children or pets near the fryer.

Keep It Safe and Secure. While everyone is busy enjoying the holidays, criminals are also busy watching your home. Reduce your risk of becoming a victim of a crime this season by:

  • Locking doors and windows when you leave home.
  • Leaving a radio or TV on so it looks like someone is home.
  • Putting indoor lights on a timer.
  • Asking a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail, packages, or newspaper if you are out of town.
  • Do not hide a spare key outside; criminals know to look under doormats, flower pots, rocks, or above the door.

Vacation Watch. While we are on the subject of keeping your home safe while you're out of town, did you know that the Little Elm Police Department offers residents of the Town of Little Elm a FREE vacation watch service? Learn more here.

Light It Up. Holiday lights are a quintessential part of the season, but if you're not careful, they can leave your home at risk of fire. Reduce your risk by:

  • Inspecting your lights and replacing them if wires are frayed, sockets are cracked, or cords appear damaged.
  • Avoid overloading your circuits.
  • Keep decorations and flammable materials away from lights.
  • Always turn your lights off when you’re away from home or going to bed.

Pick the Right Tree. Many people are getting ready to put up their Christmas trees. If you're using an artificial tree, we suggest looking for one that features a “fire-resistant” label. If you are using a live tree, check that the tree you are choosing is not dehydrated by looking for green needles that do not easily break. Keep your live tree watered regularly.

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