Celebrate Safely: A Guide to Holiday Joy in the City of Statesville

As the holiday season approaches, the City of Statesville is buzzing with excitement and festive cheer. However, amidst the joyous celebrations, it's crucial to prioritize safety to ensure that the season remains merry and bright for everyone. Let's explore some essential tips for a safe and enjoyable holiday experience, covering everything from cooking and travel to decorating and shopping.

Cooking Safety: A Recipe for Holiday Happiness

The heart of the holidays often revolves around delicious meals and festive feasts. To keep the kitchen festivities hazard-free, follow these cooking safety tips:

  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Keep flammable items away from the stove.
  • Ensure your smoke detectors are working.
  • Have a fire extinguisher on hand.
  • Keep children away from hot surfaces and appliances.

The Statesville Fire Department shares important safety tips throughout the year for residents. View 'Safety Tips' from the Statesville Fire Department here.

Holiday Travel: Smooth Journeys for All

Whether you're traveling near or far, safety should be a top priority. Consider the following tips for a secure holiday journey:

  • Plan your route in advance and check weather conditions.
  • Ensure your vehicle is in good working order.
  • Buckle up and drive at a safe speed.
  • Avoid distracted driving – put your phone away.
  • If you're consuming alcohol, designate a sober driver or use public transportation.

Did you know that the Statesville Police Department offers FREE vacation house checks for City residents living in single-family homes or duplexes? Learn more about the 'Vacation House Checks' program here.

Holiday Decorating: Sparkling Safety First

Decking the halls is a cherished tradition, but it's essential to do so safely. Here's how to illuminate your home without compromising safety:

  • Inspect lights for frayed wires and replace damaged strands.
  • Turn off lights when you leave the house or go to bed.
  • Keep decorations away from heat sources.
  • Use flame-resistant or flame-retardant decorations.
  • Secure decorations to prevent tripping hazards.

The Statesville Fire Department shares important safety tips throughout the year for residents. View 'Safety Tips' from the Statesville Fire Department here.

Holiday Shopping: Navigating the Bustle Safely

The City of Statesville is likely to be bustling with shoppers during the holiday season. Navigate the crowds with these safety-conscious shopping tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and keep belongings secure.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; use cards when possible.
  • Keep packages out of sight in your car.
  • Consider online shopping for added convenience and safety.

Statesville is home to some amazing shops, boutiques and galleries. View the 'Shopping' Local Guide from Discover Statesville for a full listing here.

This holiday season, we hope you enjoy the festivities with family and loved ones while keeping these tips in mind. Wishing you a safe and happy holidays, Statesville!

Learn more about the City of Statesville here.

Originally posted by City of Statesville via Locable