FEMA - Stay Safe During the Holidays

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The holiday season may look different for you and your family this year. Due to COVID-19, many people may celebrate the holidays virtually, have staycations, or have small socially distanced gatherings.

However you decide to spend the holidays, please remember to practice holiday safety and share these helpful tips with your family and loved ones:

  • Only use nonflammable decorations in your home or office.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended. Consider using battery-operated flameless candles.
  • Practice cooking safety to avoid fires at home. Stay alert in the kitchen and turn off the stove when you leave the kitchen.
  • When you shop online for holiday gifts, be cautious, and shop with trusted retailers to avoid scams.
  • If traveling, please follow the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If traveling by car, please note some places such as gas stations, rest stops, or hotels may be closed due to COVID-19.
For more information on holiday safety, visit Ready.gov’s Holiday and Travel Safety Toolkit. You will find tips, graphics, promotional content, and hashtags on holiday safety and preparedness that you can share with your networks.
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