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  • When putting up holiday decorations, always use the proper step stool or ladder to reach high places. Don't stand on chairs, desks or other furniture.
  • Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains/drapes, or with any potentially flammable item.
  • Use separate cutting boards, plates and utensils for raw (uncooked) produce and for raw (uncooked) meat, poultry, seafood and eggs.
  • Always use oven mitts when taking things out of the oven or removing items from the stove.
  • Turn off all lights on trees and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. Unplug extension cords when not in use.
  • The holiday season is a stressful time. Plan a reasonable number of errands and allow enough time to shop for gifts and meal items rather than hurry through stores and parking lots.
  • Being a smart party host or guest should include being sensible about alcoholic drinks. Use "non-drinking" designated drivers to drive other guests home after a holiday party.
  • Have shovels and de-icer available to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, driveways and parking lots. Don't forget hats, scarves and gloves to prevent frostbite.