December Newsletter: Happy Holidays!

Dec 17, 2021

Safety Moment
The holiday season is a magical time, but Christmas traditions, decor, and celebrations can lead to accidents if you’re not careful.

Here are some tips to keep your family safe this holiday season:

  1. Inspect electrical decorations for damage before use.
    Cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections may cause a serious shock or start a fire.
  2. Do not overload electrical outlets.
    Overloaded electrical outlets and faulty wires are a common cause of holiday fires.
  3. Never connect more than three strings of incandescent lights.
    More than three strands may not only blow a fuse, but can also cause a fire.
  4. Keep trees fresh by watering daily.
    Dry trees are a serious fire hazard.
  5. Use battery-operated candles.
    Candles start almost half of home decoration fires (NFPA).
  6. Protect cords from damage.
    To avoid shock or fire hazards, cords should never be pinched by furniture, forced into small spaces such as doors and windows, placed under rugs, located near heat sources, or attached by nails or staples.
  7. Check decorations for certification labels.
    Decorations not bearing a label from an independent testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), or Intertek (ETL) have not been tested for safety and could be hazardous.
  8. Stay in the kitchen when something is cooking.
    Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of home cooking fires (NFPA).
  9. Turn off, unplug and extinguish all decorations when going to sleep or leaving the house.
    Unattended candles are the cause of one in five home candle fires (NFPA).

Hours of Operation
This holiday season we have the following changes to our hours of operation:

Friday, December 24, 2021:
8:30am – 12:00pm
Monday, December 27, 2021: Closed
Tuesday, December 28, 2021: Closed
Monday, January 3, 2021: Closed

Living Sustainably
Let’s make this gift giving season more sustainable by employing some of the following sustainable gift giving tips:

  1. Quality not quantity
    Buying fewer but better-quality gifts reduces the chances of gifts going to waste.
  2. Gift an experience
    Reduce demand for physical resources by gifting an experience instead, which brings people together!
  3. Think about materials
    Look at the materials gifts are made from and keep sustainability in mind. Ensure wood and paper are made from recycled or renewable materials, avoid single-use plastic items that cannot be recycled and look for organic-certified food and clothing.
  4. Remove packaging
    Reduce waste even further by buying gifts with little or no packaging. If packaging is unavoidable, opt for something plastic-free or made from recycled materials.
  5. The gift of a better future
    If you’re struggling for a gift idea, why not support a local charity in the name of the recipient?

Energy Efficiency Tip
Use LED Lights this holiday season!

LED lights use dramatically fewer watts than traditional bulbs and are not only more energy efficient, but also radiate much less heat making them safer and last much longer making them more cost effective. LED lights offer all of these benefits without compromising on brightness or intensity!

So, this holiday season we encourage you to consider decorations that use LED lights!

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