Holiday Safety For Family, Friends and Pets

By: Huntsville Real Estate Expert Mike Manosky On December 16, 2011

A familiar seasonal scene is one in which family and friends sit around a blazing fire with a brightly lighted tree, stockings hung from the mantel, and colorfully wrapped gifts adding to the cozy and festive atmosphere of your Huntsville real estate.  A setting lovely to imagine–and to experience–but also, one which requires safety precautions.  Holiday fires claim the lives of more than 400 Americans each year, and approximately 3 people per hour are treated in an emergency room for seasonal injuries.

At this time of year when lists play such a large role in our lives, it is also necessary to revisit a safety checklist to ensure an accident-free holiday for your family, guests, and even your pets.  The U.S. Fire Administration offers these suggestions:


  • Inspect lights for damage and link no more than 3 strands together.  Use only UL approved and follow directions.
  • Beware of overloading outlets. 
  • Don’t leave on when you’re not home.
  • If you prefer a live tree, make certain it is fresh when you buy it and water, water, water!
  • Use non-flammable or flame retardant decorations
  • Never leave lighted candles unattended, near combustible materials, or within reach of children or pets.  Make certain to extinguish them before retiring for the night.


  • Place the tree in your Huntsville real estate at least 3 feet away from the fireplace.
  • Keep a screen in front of the fire to prevent flying sparks.
  • Remove stockings hung with care when the fireplace is in use.
  • Never burn wrapping paper in your fireplace and risk a flash fire.


  • When entertaining friends at your Huntsville real estate, be certain that you have childproofed your home–not just to protect breakables but also to protect young ones.
  • Make sure that outside walkways and steps are well lighted.
  • Use nightlights in hallways and bathrooms.
  • Add non-slip mats in your tub and shower–and possibly grab bars for the older set.


  • Avoid feeding the cats or dogs which also reside in your Huntsville real estate food such as rich and fatty fowl meat, onions, grapes, raisins, or chocolate.
  • Do not give animals turkey bones as they will splinter and cause great damage.
  • Keep all trash out of reach.  Better yet, take it outside frequently.

Got all that?  If so, relax and enjoy the season!


Having lived in the Huntsville AL area for most of his life, Mike Manosky understands exactly what makes this community special.  In fact, those who know him well will tell you he carries the same traditional values and focus on the future as Huntsville. 

Mike brings with him a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Huntsville AL home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why his clients benefit from his unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Mike Manosky will help make the most of your Huntsville AL real estate experience. Give him a call today, 256-508-0211 Direct or 800-803-0053 Toll Free, and discover the difference he can make during your family’s move.

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