1. If you’re flying somewhere for the holidays, take a moment and ensure safety with these tips.
· Consider a small emergency kit for your suitcase with items such as a flashlight, batteries, a USB power bank and a first aid kit.
· Take a moment to review the security screening process - from the TSA.
· Have a plan so when you land, you’re ready.
2. Traveling by car over the holidays? Don't forget to pack an emergency supply kit for each passenger in your car.
· Keep your gas tank full.
· Do not drive through a flooded area.
· Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded.
· If a power line falls on your car, you are at risk of electrical shock. Stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.
· Check Antifreeze levels, oil levels, battery and ignition systems, fuel and air filters. Make sure your heater, defroster, thermostat, and windshield wiper equipment work properly. Check head and tail lights, flashing hazard lights, and tires.
3. If you’re going to be on the road with your animal companions for the holidays, make sure that your car or travel emergency kit includes items for your pet like water and food. Something familiar such as a toy or comforting like a blanket can also help alleviate stress.
Holiday Decorating Safety
1. Check the water and unplug lights on your Christmas tree before you go to bed.
2. Keep your Christmas tree three feet away from heat sources.
3. Mark your calendar: Take out your tree after Christmas or when it is dry.
4. Consider using flameless candles during Kwanzaa or Hanukkah celebrations.
5. Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
6. Keep candles 12 inches away from anything that burns.
7. Hanging holiday lights can be a fun family activity, but stay safe by avoiding potential fire dangers.