Happy Holidays – Happy New Year!

It is the most wonderful time of the year – there is snow on the ground, partying to be done, gifts to be exchanged, slush to trudge through, packed parking lots to navigate, hot chocolate to be drunk and a bite in the air – man it’s cold! It is the time of the year where people seem brighter, friendlier and in the spirit of the times, I wanted to talk about some tips that will help ensure that the season remains festive and light.

Driving:

The snow slush and ice can reek havoc on any road, much less an urban city scape. Accidents can be preventable if we drive with care – remember:

  • 4 wheel drive gives you more control – but you aren’t superman!
  • snow tires give you a stronger grip on the road – get them if you can!
  • Clean your windows!! – you need a full view of your surroundings when you drive
  • Washer fluid – keep it stocked up in your car
  • NO DRINKING AND DRIVING – (simple enough?)
At Home:
With you home decorated for the season, it is easy to forget that more hazards are present now that before:
  • water your tree – (if you have a live one) – a dry tree mixed with hot lights = fire waiting to happen
  • Garland – looks great – but make certain you keep an eye on younger children as they can get tangled up in it.
  • Going away? – don’t forget to turn off the water and empty the pipes – in case of a power out, you don’t want your pipes to burst!
  • Holiday parties – make certain that if your guests are drinking, that they don’t drive home (or have a DD)
Business:
Many businesses slow down operations or cease them all together during the holidays:
  • Keep the thermostat fairly warm – you don’t want the pipes in your sprinkler system to burst
  • make certain that security or the alarm company has a direct contact number for all key staff
  • lock up the building tight and perhaps hire a security company to patrol during the days that you are away
Taking a little bit of preventative care will always ensure that the holidays are spent joyously and safely. Have a safe and joyous one!
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