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December is the month when you are more likely to spend extra time at home with friends and family. Of course, the more time we spend indoors the greater the chances are that any accident that occurs will take place within the home. So, we thought a few household safety reminders would be a good idea for this month’s first blog.

Fire poses a particular risk this time of year so you will want to be extra careful not to leave lit candles close to flammable materials or in a room unattended. Check string lights for signs of wear and tear like frayed wires or broken bulbs. You may also want to give your carbon monoxide alarms and smoke detectors an extra check over to ensure they are all in good working order.

If your home has a fireplace, it is likely it will get more use during December. Remember to remove all potentially flammable items from around the fireplace before you light the fire and double-check the flue is open. These are important reminders, especially if you have not used the fire for some time.

Are families with small children going to be staying with you over the holiday period? If so, take time to go through the house and remove any items that could present a danger to infants. Scissors, knives and any other sharp or dangerous object should be stored well out of a child’s reach, preferably out of their sight as well.

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