Seasonal Safety Tips
‘Tis the season for holiday decorations, Christmas trees and last-minute shopping.
Before you finish decking the halls, or head off to grandma’s house, it’s important to keep winter safety in mind. Castle Rock Police and Castle Rock Fire and Rescue have teamed up to offer these seasonal safety tips.
Keep these tips in mind when the weather outside is a little frightful this season.
- Be sure to water your live Christmas tree every day. A dry tree can be a big fire hazard. Also, make sure to keep the tree at least 3 feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters and candles.
- We all want to stay in the holiday spirit, but experts recommend disposing of your tree right after Christmas. Give one last holiday gift to the environment by participating in the Town’s Christmas tree recycling program. Drop off live trees between Wednesday, Dec. 26, and Thursday, Jan. 31, at Douglas County Fairgrounds or at Founders, Metzler Ranch, or Paintbrush parks.
- Be careful with candles. In December, more than half of home fires caused by decorations are started by candles. Remember to keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns, and never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Twinkle lights can make the season bright, but strands of lights with worn or broken cords should be replaced. Inspect each strand of light before putting it up.
- Doing some last-minute shopping? Don’t forget to lock your car, and hide any valuables. It’s also a good idea to cover any packages or bags left in the car.
- A new TV or computer may be the perfect gift, but try not to alert the neighborhood to your new purchase. Consider cutting down big boxes to fit in the trash can. Big boxes waiting on the curb can alert would-be burglars to your new purchase.
- It may be cold outside, but be smart when warming up the car. Never leave a car running unattended. Not only could you get a ticket, but a running car is an easy target for thieves.
- Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning. After a heavy snowstorm, it’s a good idea to make sure your car’s exhaust pipes are cleared of snow before starting the engine.
- Be careful when driving at holiday time. Whether it’s holiday lights, busy schedules or excited children in the back seat, distractions are plentiful this time of year.
- Winter weather can be beautiful, but it also can be dangerous. Watch for icy conditions. Sidewalks, streets and driveways can freeze quickly in winter temperatures.