Get Ready Capitol Region


General Rules for Holiday Safety

Keep matches, lighters, and candles out of the reach of children.
Avoid smoking near flammable decorations.
Make an emergency plan to use if a fire breaks out anywhere in the home. See that each family member knows what to do.


Avoid wearing loose fitting clothes, particularly long, open sleeves, near open flames-such as those of a fireplace, stove, or candlelit table.

Never burn candles near evergreens. Burning evergreens in the fireplace can also be hazardous. When dry, evergreens burn like tinder. Flames can flare out of control and send sparks flying into a room or up the chimney to ignite creosote deposits.

Plan for safety. Remember, there is no substitute for common sense. Look for and eliminate potential danger spots near candles, fireplaces, trees, and/or electrical connections.

Be familiar with the operation of each type of fire extinguisher in the home.

 Travel Safety

Do NOT drive after drinking

Do NOT drive while fatigued

Avoid Excessive Speed

Wear Seat Belts

Winterize Your Vehicle

 Prepare Yourself

  •  Dress Properly and never become overconfident in your ability to deal with the dangers of the cold temperatures

  •  While Walking or Jogging stay as far off the roadway as possible, wear bright colored clothes, wear a reflective belt/vest, and carry a flashlight or chemical stick


 Holiday Cooking

Never leave the kitchen unattended when cooking
Always turn pot handles inward
Don't store items on the stove top - they could catch fire
Keep kitchen appliances clean and in good condition -- turn off after use
Don't overload electrical outlets or use electrical appliances near water
Be sure the kitchen is well ventilated to prevent the build-up of carbon monoxide from gas cooking appliances
Equip the kitchen area with an all-purpose fire extinguisher