The Twelve Days of Christmas Safety

In keeping with the spirit of the season, Kissimmee Utility Authority has put together 12 safety tips to keep your home and family safe during the holidays:

Prevent Christmas tree fires. If you are using a natural tree, make sure it is placed well away from heating sources, and is well watered to avoid dry branches catching fire from the heat of bulbs.

Check the labels on your artificial tree. If you use an artificial tree, make sure it is tested and labeled as fire resistant. Artificial trees with built-in electrical systems should have the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label.

Check electric cords for fraying or damage and replace them if you find potential problems.

Properly use outdoor electric extension cords. Follow the directions on cord labels regarding connecting light strings and extension cords to avoid overloading electrical circuits.

Place electrical cords in a safe place to avoid a tripping hazard.

Install safety plugs and outlet covers if you have children in your home.

Use insulated hooks. Hanging lights with nails, tacks or screws can pierce the cable on a string of lights. Instead, hang your lights with insulated hooks to avoid any electrical emergencies.

Use extra caution when using space heaters. Always place a space heater on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away from the unit.

Stay in the kitchen when something is cooking. Never leave appliances unattended and be sure to turn them off when cooking is completed.

Prevent fires by making sure your stovetop and oven are clean and free of grease and dust.

To protect from spills and burns, use the back burners and turn the pot handles in, away from reaching hands.

Keep appliance cords away from hot surfaces like the range or toaster.

KUA wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.