For Immediate Release
Talbot County, MD – December 5, 2023
Director of Emergency Services
The Talbot County Department of Emergency Services (DES) launched a new public awareness campaign coined “Season’s Safety”. The initiative aims at enhancing public awareness of winter hazards and safety measures, especially around the season of giving.
“The holidays are a wonderful time to get together with friends and family, but with colder weather and holiday specific activities, there are several hazards to be aware of that may cause injuries, and potentially lives each year,” said Brian LeCates, Director of Emergency Services. “We hope that this campaign will help keep safety on people’s minds throughout their holiday celebrations.”
From home decorating and hot cocoa by the fire, to shopping for gifts and baking cookies, Emergency Services would like to remind citizens of the following safety tips:
Decorate with safety in mind with simple tips to keep your family safe.
For a full list of holiday decoration tips, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission publication here: https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/611.pdf
Watch Out for Fire-Starters
Trees, candles, and Christmas lights can all pose a fire hazard if not handled or cared for properly.
For more information on winter holiday fire tips, visit the National Protection Association at https://www.nfpa.org/Education-and-Research/Home-Fire-Safety/Winter-holidays
Shop Safely Online
With many individuals headed online for their shopping, it’s important to always be aware of potential scams and financial security concerns.
For the full shopping online toolkit, visit the National Cybersecurity Alliance tips here: https://staysafeonline.org/resources/safe-online-holiday-shopping/
Say “No” to Raw Dough
Baking is a great way to celebrate special occasions. When making cookies, brownies, cakes, or bread, you might be tempted to taste a bite before it’s fully baked. But you can get sick after eating or tasting raw (unbaked) dough or batter.
For more food safety tips, visit https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/communication/holidays.html
The campaign also includes tips on porch pirate prevention, winter weather safety for pets, fireplace safety and more.
The “Season’s Safety” Campaign will run on Talbot County Emergency Services Facebook Page during the month of December. DES encourages individuals to share the posts with friends and family, using the hashtag #SeasonsSafety.
If you are experiencing an emergency or would like to report suspicious activity, please call 911 and you will be connected to local dispatch.