Consumer Alert: Holiday Safety Tips
Commissioner Miller is offering suggestions to consumers to
keep their holiday season happy and safe.
Consumers who have trees and other plants decorated with
lights should make sure they are adequately watered and that lights are turned
off when not at home. Trees that are dry pose a greater risk of catching fire.
Make sure decorations are hung securely and safely so they do not cause damage
Decorations should also be flame resistant or retardant, and
burning candles or cooking appliances should be kept out of the reach of
children and pets and should not be left unattended.
Commissioner Miller also cautions consumers that if they are
hosting a holiday party, they could be liable for their guests’ actions after
they leave, particularly if under the influence of alcohol. You should not
allow someone who is visibly intoxicated to drive themselves, as you could be
held responsible in the event of an accident.
Some homeowners insurance policies provide liquor liability
coverage, so homeowners should review their policies and always be aware of
what may or may not be covered.
You should also review your homeowners or renters insurance
policy if you are giving or receiving expensive gifts, like jewelry or electronics,
to make sure that these items are covered.
Have a safe and happy holiday!