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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 or injury.

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!