Hudson - Litchfield News
14 - December 11, 2009
Think savings and safety for holiday cheer this year
This year’s holiday shopping reports suggest that competitive bar- Association (NFPA) want to remind consumers to think about savings
gain-hunting is the dominant trend among families who have spent and safety to enjoy true peace of mind this season. With the NFPA
the year making only purchases of necessity. But if cost is the only reporting that December and January are the peak months for the
concern for these spending-savvy “frugalistas,” it could mean they overall number of home fires, deaths, and injuries, safety is an issue
compromise safety. than can often be overlooked with detrimental consequences.
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the National Fire Protection For families, money savings can come in the form of reusing old
decorations or shopping at thrift stores and deep discounters. It is
•Flowers & Plants
also a time of year when more celebrating and cooking is done in
the home. But if not done carefully, seemingly cheerful activities
could quickly put a damper on holiday spirits. Old products like
light strings can become worn after years of use. If not carefully
•Gourmet Baskets evaluated, items like these can pose a risk of fire or electric shock.
“Decorating the tree, lighting the menorah, and other holiday
traditions are what every family wants to remember,” says John
Drengenberg, director of consumer safety at UL. “Unfortunately, all
can be a fire hazard or cause an electric shock or injury, so families
should take a few minutes to think about the most precious gift of all
when celebrating with loved ones: safety.”
Flowers & Gifts
For safe and thrifty gifts:
or old – before plugging it in. Look for cracked sockets or frayed,
Shop at retailers you know and trust: Some products found at
exposed wires that could become a shock or fire hazard. Replace
deep-discount stores may pose potential safety hazards, especially
damaged items with new decorations.
if they do not bear a recognized safety certification mark, such as
Holiday lights—indoor or outdoor? Indoor-use only light strings
203 Central St (Rt. 111) Hudson, NH the UL Mark (the letters “UL” inside a circle). Products that bear this
are marked with UL’s green holographic label. Indoor or outdoor-use
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mark mean representative samples have been tested to UL’s rigorous
light strings are marked with UL’s red holographic label.
safety standards and found to be free of foreseeable safety hazards.
To keep the whole family safe:
Examine packaging: Parents should thoroughly examine new
Exercise candle care: If you have children and pets, place candles
products, especially if they have young children at home. Pay par-
out of reach and away from heavy traffic areas in your home. Never
ticular attention to products in boxes or packages that do not offer a
leave a room with candles lit.
brand name and manufacturer’s information.
Stand by your pan: Cooking is the leading cause of home fires.
For a safe home:
Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking, frying, or broiling.
A fresh tree is key: “If the needles are not fresh, there is a greater
Practice makes the holiday perfect: Use the holiday season as an
risk of fire,” says Lorraine Carli, vice president of communications
opportunity to practice a fire escape plan with your children. Every
of NFPA. “While Christmas tree fires are rare, a person dies in one
family member should know at least two ways to get out of each
of every 18 reported, so it’s clear they can be deadly.” Ask your tree
room in the home.
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lot attendant to make a fresh cut
Gift donations: If you plan to give to those in need, think safety.
to the base of the tree and place
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Consider donating toys your children no longer play with—but
it in water as soon as you get
which are in good condition for second-hand use. Before donat-
home. Position the tree in a tree
ing toys with electrical components, make sure they do not have
Making a List and Checking it Twice?
stand that holds at least one gal-
frayed or bare wires/cords as they can potentially cause fire or shock
lon of water and check moisture
We can help with gifts for all those on
level daily. Dispose of your tree
For more information on holiday decorating and gift-giving safety
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down toward the hole. 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
* Store any uneaten cookies so that they last 1/2 cup powdered sugar
longer. Crisp and thin cookies store well in 1 teaspoon vanilla
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3/4 cup finely chopped nuts
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