While Christmas is most often associated with joy and merriment, it can also carry quite a few risks. Fire hazards, car accidents, and cooking mishaps can take a fun holiday and turn it into a major disaster in the blink of an eye, which is why you must exercise caution at all times. Here are a few ways to keep your holiday celebrations fun and safe.
Never Leave the Stove Unattended When Cooking
The kitchen is often a bustling place during Christmas, especially when you’re hosting a large gathering at your home. Keep in mind that a cooking mishap can happen when you least expect it, which is why someone must always be present in the kitchen when things are cooking on the stove top.
If you must step away from what you’re doing, ask a loved one to monitor things until you return. This is especially important in homes with kids or pets, who have a higher risk of experiencing a serious injury should they come into contact with a hot stove.
Be Mindful When Lighting Candles
Candles create a beautiful ambiance, but they also pose a major fire risk. Accordingly, candles should never be left unattended when burning. Even if you only plan on leaving a room briefly, extinguish all candles to reduce the risk of experiencing a damaging fire.
You should also consider safer alternatives to candles, such as lamps or flameless varieties. These alternatives can help you achieve the same cozy atmosphere in your home without increasing the risk of a fire.
Have Your Car Inspected Before Any Long Trips
Many people travel during Christmas, and long-distance travel can put a lot of strain on your vehicle. A pre-road trip inspection is crucial, in this case, as it will help you determine whether your vehicle is safe for driving long distances.
For instance, a mechanic can check your brakes and tires, or look for potential faults that could lead to a breakdown. Along with enhancing safety, a pre-trip inspection can also provide immense peace of mind.
We Hope You Have a Safe and Secure Holiday Season
Here at Hinkle Law Offices, we’re fully dedicated to the needs of our clients throughout Albuquerque. In the event you’re unable to avoid a car accident or suffer the consequences of someone else’s negligence, rest assured that we’re always here to assist you. Schedule a free consultation at our firm by calling (505) TUF-HELP today. You can also contact us to learn more.