Trim the Tree the Safe Way
Celebrating the holiday season with colorful lights and a tree can add more than just sparkle to the festivities - they are also a fire hazard. In fact, it is estimated that more than 2,600 people are injured from accidental fires during the holiday season each year. To decorate the safe way, keep the following precautions in mind:
- Place a Christmas tree at least three feet away from heat sources such as a fireplace or heating vent. The tree should also stand in a sturdy, water-holding stand that is refilled daily.
- Do not keep a fresh tree in your home for more than two weeks because it will dry out and become extremely flammable.
- Use lights as intended: indoor for indoor use only, and outdoor for outdoor use only.
- Look for the UL safety rating on all electrical decorations. This ensures that they have been tested for safety hazards.
- Throw away light strings that are cracked or have exposed or loose wires.
Don't spoil your holiday fun with unnecessary mishaps. Use caution when decorating to enjoy the season safely.
Keep Germs to Yourself
It's cold and flu season again, so you should probably get out your facial tissues and be prepared to spend a few days in bed, right? Not necessarily. There are a few simple things you can do to reduce your risk of getting sick:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before eating, or use hand sanitizer if you can't get to a sink.
- Avoid shaking hands with others, especially those who have been sick recently.
- Avoid touching your nose or eyes, two common places for germs to get in.
- Get a flu shot early. Many places are free and don't require appointments.
- Keep working surfaces, telephones and computers clean by using cleansers designed for these items.
If you do start to feel ill, cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze and cough. Then, wash your hands to avoid spreading germs to others.
Did you Know...?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, five to 20 percent of the population catches the flu each year. To bead the odds, eat well, get plenty of rest and wash your hands frequently to shoo the flu bug away.
If you have any questions, please call BHS today at 800.350.7676