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Holiday Gathering- Safety Tips

The holiday season has begun! That means many families and friends will be gathering for festive parties and get togethers. While the spirit of the holidays are to celebrate, it is important to keep safety in mind. 

Here are just a few tips on keeping the party safe.

The sunset is still just after 4:30pm in Minneapolis, which means most gatherings will be starting or ending while it is dark out. Make sure there is ample lighting. Lighting can be fun and festive too, so make sure to bring out your favorite holiday light decorations. They will help light the way for the party-goers.

If you have a Christmas tree, make sure the tree is watered. A fresh tree that is watered will last longer and can be less of a fire hazard. Keep open flames and candles away from the tree. Make sure the tree is not next to a HVAC vent or radiator, they will accelerate the drying process of the tree; and make sure the Christmas tree is away from any used fire place.

While most Christmas's in Minneapolis are white (defined as at least one inch of snow on the ground, 71% of the time according the MN DNR), this year might be the exception. That may come as good news for some, it still means we need to be cautious of freezing temps and ice. Even before the party starts, make sure ice has been chipped away and salt has been applied. 

Ensure guests are drinking responsibly by offering non alcoholic beverages. Utilize services like uber or lyft.

Most importantly, have a great and safe holiday season with friends and family!