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Cooking is a big part of the holiday season, whether you are trying out new recipes printed in glossy magazines or are making tried-and-true family favorites. While the smells of cookies and other goodies baking is wonderful, cooking for the holidays does pose hazards, including burn injury hazards in your Homestead home as well as fire and food-borne illness dangers.

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To make your cooking delicious and safe, make sure to follow these safety tips:

1) Have working smoke detectors in your home.

Smoke detectors are essential to keep you and your family safe. Make sure the one in your kitchen works, so that if there is a fire you have the best chance of getting out safely.

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If you are shopping for friends and family and checking off your holiday shopping list, you will of course want to make sure that every present you give brings joy. The last thing you want is for a purchase to cause harm or injury. Unfortunately, each year products liability cases in Hollywood and Florida are launched due to defective products. You don’t want to give a gift that could harm someone, but unfortunately some products sold in stores are designed or manufactured negligently and may cause harm. To prevent giving these items as gifts, you will want to ask yourself a few questions:

1) Is this item on a recall list?

Keep your receipts after shopping and be sure to check out official lists of recalls so that you will be warned if an item is recalled. Due to the risk of injury and recalls, avoid buying used toys, sports equipment, and child’s items (such as car seats), as used items may be damaged or may have been subject to recalls.

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While Black Friday is behind us, the injuries reported around the world during these sales are reason enough to brush up on your safe shopping skills. The reality is that at this time of year many premises liability cases in Hollywood and Florida arise from shopping trips gone wrong. Unfortunately, some shoppers in our community are injured each year while visiting stores, shops, and malls and in some cases the injuries they sustain are life-threatening. At this time of year, there is also often an increase in thefts and other types of crimes.

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When shopping this year, authorities recommend that you stay safe by:

1) Locking your car when you shop or use an ATM.

Locking up your car, even if you will only be out for a minute, is a smart precaution that can help prevent theft and other crimes. You don’t want to be injured because your car made an attractive target for a thief and you happened to interrupt a crime.

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If you are planning a holiday party this year, of course you want a memorable event and you will want your guests to have a great time. However, you will also want to make sure that your guests stay safe. Whether you are planning a personal or workplace holiday party, you can keep guests healthy and avoid a premises liability claim in Homestead or your community by following these tips:

1) Decorate safely.

Party decorations can be a lot of fun, but they can also pose a hazard. Where possible, avoid decorating with candles, since they can pose a fire hazard. Even if you are using strings of lights, however, you will need to check for any damage to cords and connectors. Old, worn lights should be replaced. Never hang lights near flammable materials, such as drapes or paper. Lights can still overheat or cause sparks if they malfunction.

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If you are throwing a party at home, keep in mind that you will need to use extra precautions if some of your guests will be pets or young children. In these situations, you will want to avoid any decorations that hang or drag near the floor. You will also want to avoid any plants that could be harmful if consumed or any decorations that have small removable parts that may pose a choking hazard. When in doubt, place any potentially hazardous decoration high up and out of reach.

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Are you shopping for everyone on your holiday shopping list? You may want to come up with fun and innovative ways to show you care, but what shows that you care more than gifts that help loved ones stay safer and healthier all year long? Consider these gifts for your friends and family:

1) Carbon monoxide alarms and covers.

These safety devices can help loved ones stay safer in their homes and could even save their lives. While carbon monoxide detectors are not usually especially attractive, it is possible to buy special covers for them to disguise them. These covers make great stocking stuffers.

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If your holiday plans this year include inviting guests to your home, you will want to take steps to make sure that your home is safe. This is especially the case if any of your guests will be bringing their children with them. Florida laws state that property owners have a special duty of care to children that may be on their property. If any of your guests will be minors, you will want to:

1) Secure any areas that pose a drowning danger.

If you have a swimming pool on your property, prevent drowning and pool injury in your Homestead or Florida home by keeping the area locked and secure. However, keep in mind that even a decorative pond or a few inches of water that are part of holiday décor can pose a drowning hazard for small children.

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Florida sees an average of 55 tornadoes yearly, making it the third state in the nation when it comes to tornado activity. While most tornadoes in the state happen between January and April, many tornadoes also occur during October and November. Since tornadoes can occur at this time of year and since tornado season will be upon us soon after the holidays, this is a good time of year to get ready. You may be able to help your family avoid weather-related injury in Hollywood or your Florida home if you:

1) Create an emergency preparedness kit.

Your kit should include everything you need during and after a tornado. This should include water, food, medication, pet and child-care supplies, bedding, cash, a first aid kit, and anything else you need to weather out not only the tornado but also the time after the tornado when services may be suspended. The Florida Division of Emergency Management has a website with more information about getting an emergency kit ready.

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If you have elderly family members, slip and fall accidents can be a real risk, especially at this time of year. Spills, rainy weather, and the general rush of the season can all contribute to trips and slip and fall accidents. There many ways you can help elderly family members avoid slip and fall injury in Homestead and Florida during this time of year:

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1) Make sure loved ones get medical attention.

Vision problems, certain medications, and some medical conditions can increase the chances of falls. Make sure that your elderly family members have been to the doctor recently, have up-to-date medication, and have a clean bill of health. If an elderly family member has a condition that puts them at risk of falls, speak with the doctor and with your family about ways to reduce the risk as far as possible.

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The holidays pose a number of dangers when it comes to burn injuries and fires. Some of the decorations that we use in our homes can pose a fire risk, and the distraction around this time of year can also make us less alert to fire hazards. To keep you and your family safe, make sure that you follow these tips:

1) Be cautious about outdoor lights.

When hanging outdoor lights, turn off the electricity to the supply outlet first and make sure that the connection is unplugged. Only hang outdoor lights that are intended for outdoor use and are in good condition. Throw out or repair any lights with frayed or damaged cords and connectors. Use a sturdy ladder and have someone help you to reduce the risk of falls. Keep electrical connectors off the ground and away from eaves troughs and puddles.

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This is the time of year when many Homestead and Florida residents go shopping for the holidays. Whether you are picking up gifts for family members and friends, decorations for your home, taking advantage of seasonable sales, or shopping for special holiday meals, you may be out and about more often at malls and stores. When shopping, you will want to keep the following tips in mind to stay safe this holiday season:

1) Plan ahead.

Before you head out shopping, plan your trip. Try shopping during less busy hours, when you won’t be as much at risk of being crushed by crowds or being in a parking lot accident because there simply too many other shoppers at your store or mall. Find out about store hours, the best route to get to your favorite stores, as well as any construction you will need to consider. Be sure to also check out store services, such as free shipping, valet parking, or special parking areas that can help you stay safer.

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