Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Holiday Tips from Garden Grocer

Holiday Meals Delivered

My friends at Garden Grocer put together some tried and true tips that will help you have a safe and happy holiday season, especially if you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World!

Security
Use your home burglar alarm system.
If you plan to travel for the holidays don't discuss your plans with strangers this includes announcing your plans on social media sites.
Do not leave a spare key in a “hiding place”. Burglars know where to look.
Have a trusted friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your home.

Holiday Decorating & LightingKeep candles away from decorations and do not use candles to decorate Christmas trees.
Carefully inspect new and previously used light strings and replace damaged items before plugging lights in. Do not overload extension cords.
Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving the house or going to bed or use a timer.

Trees
When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label "Fire Resistant."
If a live tree is more to your liking, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches and when bent between your fingers, needles do not break.
Be sure to keep the stand filled with water, because heated rooms can dry live trees out rapidly.
Make sure the base is steady so the tree won't tip over easily.

Holiday EntertainingBefore you start your holiday cooking – test your smoke alarms.
Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S. When cooking for your guests, remember to keep an eye on the stove and oven.

FireplacesBefore lighting any fire, check to make sure the flue is open. Remove all greens, papers, and other decorations from fireplace area.
Do not burn wrapping papers in the fireplace. A flash fire may result as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely.

Children and PetsPoinsettias although absolutely beautiful - they are poisonous to humans and animals, so keep them well out-of-reach, or avoid having them.
Watch children and pets around space heaters or the fireplace. Do not leave a child or pet unattended.

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