Think Ahead, Keep Holidays Safe, Says Farm Bureau Financial Services

The holidays are supposed to be a time of togetherness and memories, but it’s important to stay safe while celebrating.

“According to the National Fire Protection Association, 12% of fires are caused by candles in December,” said Nancy Wiles, with Farm Bureau Financial Services. “Candles are a great decoration, but be sure you put your lit candles out when you leave a room and of course when you leave your home.”

Also, schedule deliveries, if you can, for a time when someone will be home.

“Look out for those packages,” said Wiles. “You might be expecting a delivery. It’s best to be home when those arrive. You never know when they might just disappear from your doorstep.”

Dangers don’t end when you leave your home. Pay attention behind the wheel.

“The biggest safety concern on the roads today is distracted driving,” said Wiles. “According to the National Safety Council, nine people are killed every day in distracted driving crashes. To make it to your destination safely, minimize those distractions in the car. Those are a lot of different things. Distractions are cell phones, of course, and talking or texting, but eating, loud music, all of those contribute to distractions.”

Let someone else do the communicating with your family while you’re behind the wheel. Have one of your kids be the designated texter on the trip.