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Winter Holiday Safety

The winter holidays are a time for family, friends and fun… but don't let the hustle and bustle of the season take away your attention to safety. Keep your holidays happy by following some simple safety tips! First, make sure all of your home's smoke alarms are in working order and have fresh batteries!


Live Holiday Trees
  • Choose a fresh tree, put it in a sturdy stand, and keep it watered.
  • Place the tree away from all heat sources and out of the way of traffic.
  • Dispose of the tree properly. Do not burn it in the fireplace!
  • Check each set of lights for broken sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections. Discard all damaged sets.
  • Don't overload electrical outlets. Use no more than three sets of lights per single extension cord.
  • Only use indoor lights - indoors, and outdoor lights - outdoors!
  • Always unplug all lights before leaving home or going to sleep.
  • Keep candles away from decorations, and place them in sturdy, non-combustible holders.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Don't leave children unattended in a room with lit candles.
  • Never leave cooking unattended. If you leave the kitchen while cooking, turn off the stove.
  • Turn pot and pan handles toward the center of the stove, and out of the reach of children.
  • If a pan or skillet catches fire, slide the lid or larger pan over the skillet and turn the stove off.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher within reach and know how to use it.
Holiday extras
  • Have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available at gatherings.
  • Never drink and drive, and never get into a car if the driver's been drinking. Choose a designated driver who will not drink. Check out sober/safe ride programs.
  • Use seat belts and child safety seats in your car.
  • Be a safe pedestrian: use crosswalks; make eye contact with drivers and make sure they see you.
  • Do not randomly discharge firearms. It is not only dangerous, it is illegal.
  • Keep portable heaters at least three feet away from holiday trees, decorations, furniture, other flammable materials.
  • Have your home furnace inspected prior to cold weather use.
  • Watch your children around all sources of water! Kids can drown during the winter months, too!

Need help? Schedule a free safety inspection!

Scottsdale’s firefighters will inspect your sprinklers and advise you of ways to develop a home safety plan. To schedule a safety inspection or for more information about fire sprinkler systems, call the Scottsdale Fire Department Fire and Life Safety division at 480-312-1855.

Thank you for helping to keep Scottsdale one of the safest communities in the United States to live and work.

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