News Flash

Home

Posted on: November 18, 2020

Make Safety #1 this Holiday Season

Turkey

The holidays: a season of joy, love, family – and injuries. 15,000 people end up in the emergency room just from putting up decorations. 

From cooking to decorating, shopping and volunteering, we’re in one of the busiest times of the year. All this hustle and bustle often puts safety to the back of mind. The City of East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department is sharing a few tips to keep safety top of mind during this holiday season. 

Fire is not your friend: Sure, the soft glow and sparkle it brings to your home is beautiful, but flames are one of the largest culprits of holiday safety. Christmas day is the peak day of the year for home candle fires. New Years Day and Christmas Eve tie for second. It is important to extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep. Use sturdy candleholders that won’t tip over easily and are large enough to collect dripping wax. Or, consider using electronic, flameless candles as a safe alternative. 

Clean your chimney: Last year alone, 15,000 fires and 40 deaths in the United States were associated with fireplaces and chimneys. For your family’s safety, a smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm should be installed on each level of your home. Your chimney needs annual inspection and should be cleaned quarterly depending on use.

Stop sooner: The number one reason for traffic accidents in East Grand Rapids is failing to stop in an assured cleared distance (rear-end). Speeding is not the primary cause of most accidents. Remember to leave a safe stopping distance of at least one car length for each 10mph of speed between you and the car ahead.

Take caution with your tannenbaum: A beloved holiday tradition can turn into a holiday disaster very quickly. First, ensure that your tree is secured tightly in a stable base and is positioned away from a fireplace or heat source. If you’re using a real tree, make sure it is always watered well. Keep small children and pets away from the tree and ornaments high enough up where they can’t reach them. 

Feast with heed: It seems like the holidays are one endless party after another – filled with an abundance of food and drinks. While there will be significantly fewer parties this year, don’t let any of the merrymaking get the best of you. Take caution when preparing meals to ensure food is heated properly and that safety hazards like knives lying around and spills are cleaned up quickly. If you’re partaking in alcohol during the holidays, ensure you have a designated driver or take a taxi or Uber. Have fun, but be smart. 

Decorate with Diligence: Lights, glass, ladders and small objects – what could go wrong? A lot. As you deck the halls, take caution to ensure all decorations are secured properly and small objects are out of reach for young children. When placing decorations in high places, use a ladder or a stepstool. Check any lights that you are putting up for frayed ends. Turn off all decorations when you’re not using them. 

Secure your Shelter: The holiday season often sees an uptick in criminal activity. Burglars know that people are purchasing expensive gifts – making it an ideal time to break in. Always keep your house and garage doors and windows securely locked. If you are traveling, put your lights on timers and have a neighbor or friend check your mail. 

“First and foremost, holiday safety come down to not rushing,” East Grand Rapids Capt. Ric Buikema said. “The majority of holiday injuries can be avoided so just take the time you need to safely execute all of your tasks. Don’t let a mistake destroy this wonderful time that is meant to be spent with family, friends and loved ones.”

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Home

Road Closed

2021 Hall Street Project

Posted on: November 4, 2020
EGR Christmas Tree

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Update

Posted on: November 20, 2020
Newsflash - clock tower

2020 City Manager Search

Posted on: November 17, 2020
warning-27899_1280

Be Alert: Fraud Season is Upon Us

Posted on: November 18, 2020
EGR COVID-19 VOLUNTEER TASK FORCE

EGR COVID-19 Volunteer Task Force

Posted on: April 8, 2020
EGR Rec Logo-4cProc No White Background 160x160px

City Commission - Special Meeting

Posted on: November 12, 2020
Newsflash - city truck

EGR Infrastructure & Services

Posted on: October 14, 2020
Right of Way

Understanding Road Right-of-Way

Posted on: April 19, 2018
Newsflash - vote button sm

Election Results - November 3, 2020

Posted on: November 3, 2020
pumpkins

Halloween in EGR

Posted on: September 25, 2020
vote button

Election FAQs

Posted on: October 5, 2020
vote button

Submitting Your Absentee Ballot

Posted on: September 24, 2020
Prescription bottle

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Posted on: October 22, 2020
EGR Rec Logo-4cProc No Logo half inch diameter

COVID-19 Response and Resources

Posted on: March 11, 2020
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

Posted on: September 14, 2020
Bike

Mobility/Bike Action Plan Update

Posted on: July 22, 2020
EGR Rec Logo-4cProc No White Background 160x160px

West Nile Virus

Posted on: July 7, 2020
Newsflash - vote button sm

Election Results - August 4, 2020

Posted on: August 4, 2020
lightning

Power Outage Information

Posted on: September 4, 2019
vote button

August 4 Election Information

Posted on: July 15, 2020
American Flag

2020 Independence Day Parade

Posted on: June 23, 2020
Match lighting firework

Fireworks

Posted on: June 23, 2020
EGR Rec Logo-4cProc No Logo half inch diameter

4th of July Celebration Update

Posted on: June 3, 2020
East GR Police logo

Upcoming Protest in EGR

Posted on: June 4, 2020
East GR Police logo

Public Safety COVID-19 Response

Posted on: April 9, 2020
Youtube Livestream

Livestream City Commission Meetings

Posted on: March 9, 2020
Favale Katie Jan 2020

2020 State of the City

Posted on: February 5, 2020
Road Closed

2019 Construction Recap

Posted on: January 7, 2020
Frozen-Pipes_reduced

Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

Posted on: January 28, 2019
Precinct Map -Ward 1

2019 Ward One Commissioner Appointment

Posted on: December 2, 2019
Newsflash - vote button sm

Election Results - November 5, 2019

Posted on: November 6, 2019
Public Safey Open House

Public Safety Open House

Posted on: October 7, 2019
pumpkins

Halloween Safety in EGR

Posted on: October 7, 2019
Fireworks July 4

Fireworks Safety Tips

Posted on: July 3, 2019
Faucet

Updated Water-Sewer Rates

Posted on: March 29, 2019
Gaslight Village

Updated Gaslight Village Parking Map

Posted on: March 13, 2019
Mayor Amna Seibold

2019 State of the City

Posted on: February 7, 2019
EGR Rec Logo-4cProc No White Background 160x160px

City Commission - Special Meeting

Posted on: January 30, 2019
Amna SOTC 2017 Web

2018 State of the City

Posted on: February 7, 2018
Road Closed

2018 Construction Recap

Posted on: January 7, 2019
Gaslight Village

Pressing Pause on Marihuana Sales

Posted on: December 6, 2018
Trick-or-treat 2

Halloween Safety

Posted on: October 18, 2018
Mosquito

West Nile Virus

Posted on: August 20, 2018
European frog-bit Alert

European Frog-bit

Posted on: July 3, 2018
Breton 5

Breton Road Project Complete

Posted on: August 9, 2018
Gypsy Moth

Gypsy Moth

Posted on: July 3, 2018
Griggs Street Development

Proposed Griggs Street Development

Posted on: June 25, 2018
Cloud Invoice

New Online Bill Pay

Posted on: May 8, 2018
EGR Master Plan Graphic (Website)

Master Plan

Posted on: September 21, 2017
Yard Waste bags

Yard waste pickup resumes in April

Posted on: March 14, 2018
Garden Shed

Spring Zoning Tips

Posted on: February 27, 2018
Snowplow Week

Snow Plow Info

Posted on: February 8, 2018
Frozen-Pipes

Prevent your pipes from freezing

Posted on: February 15, 2018
Crosswalk Sign

Commuting Safety

Posted on: November 16, 2017
Mayor Amna Seibold

Statement from Mayor Amna Seibold

Posted on: November 5, 2017
Wealthy-Street

2017 Construction Recap

Posted on: November 2, 2017
Winter Mailbox

Prep Your Mailbox for Winter

Posted on: October 19, 2017
Contractor

Choosing a Home Contractor

Posted on: September 21, 2017
DPW Plow Driver Doug

Snowplow Season Coming Soon

Posted on: December 1, 2016