Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…those six words elicit a warm feeling of joy and happiness but let us not get distracted by the possible safety hazards involved. This holiday season, we want to keep that fire controlled and supervised. By Mid-December many of us have visited, and will continue to visit, with family and friends from near and far for a festive dinner, a joyous gathering or a simple reunion during our time off from work. As safety professionals, you all know that the safety cap does not come off when you leave the job site, but is that state of mind still in play when you’re celebrating these non-routine days?

The National Safety Council outlines some tips you should follow when handling food, fire and increased travel. Here are the top 5 tips to consider:

  • Have a fire extinguisher ready at all times. Ensure that it is in good working condition and that you are equipped to use it properly. Read more about the PASS technique
  • Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle
  • Use a designated driver to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday party; alcohol, over-the-counter or illegal drugs all cause impairment
  • Make sure the vehicle is properly maintained, and keep an emergency kit with you
  • Thanksgiving leftovers are safe for four days in the refrigerator

Find more great tips on the National Safety Council site.

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