Winter is certainly upon us. For many of us, that means spending more time at home with friends and family. It’s reasonable to conclude, then, that the more time we spend indoors, the greater the chances are of accidents within the home. So, what are a few safety reminders to have in mind during the winter months?

Check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are all working correctly. Although this is extremely important to do all year round, winter is a time when we have a fire going, candles lit, and perhaps cook at home more to name just a few so it’s vital to have these working properly.

We frequently stress fire safety and for good reason. We must be especially vigilant during the winter months. Make sure your fireplace and chimney has been well maintained, don’t forget to check that the flue is open and that all combustible items have been removed from the area before you light a fire. If you will be using extra string lights etc. give them a check over for signs of fraying wires and broken light bulbs, this can easily happen if they have been in storage. Never leave your candles in a room unattended and keep them well out of the way of flammable materials.

There are other potential dangers in a home during the wintertime. For example, were you aware that poinsettias, while beautiful, are actually poisonous? It’s important, therefore, to keep them well out of reach of small children and animals.

Yes, winter can be a time to enjoy being cozy at home but don’t forget to keep in mind these simple safety reminders and avoid any injury-causing accidents.

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