The Holiday Safety Social Media Toolkit contains safety and preparedness information and resources that you may use and share on your social media channels. You can either copy these messages directly or customize them to reach your audience.
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What You Should Know about the Holidays
- Cooking Safely
- Keep an eye on food when cooking.
- Holiday Travel
- Be weather wise, know the weather forecast during your travel
- Learn the weather/climate risks risk for the area you are travel to and know what to do before, during and after such events
- Stay off the road during and after a winter storm.
- During the winter keep the proper emergency winter road tools in the truck of your automobile such as an ice scraper, shovel, gloves, blanket, emergency flares or reflectors, rock salt, first aid kit, extra windshield washer, etc.
- Holiday Decorating
- Turn off holiday lights at night or when you leave the house.
- Keep candles away from flammable materials.
- Keep your Christmas Tree watered, don’t let your holiday tree dry out.
- Holiday Shopping
- Shop securely online over the holidays.
- Make a communications plan with your family and friends while you’re together during the holidays.
For more engaging content attach graphics to social media posts. Below are collections of holiday safety related graphics that you can share with the below text.
- Winter Weather Safety Social Media Toolkit
- Winter Weather Safety Graphics
- United States Fire Administration (USFA) Christmas tree and candle safety
- United States Fire Administration (USFA) Cooking Fire Safety Outreach
- Download the FEMA app
Social Media Messages
- Share safety and preparedness tips on your social media networks during the holidays: www.ready.gov/holiday-toolkit #HolidaySafety
- Is winter weather headed your way over the holidays? Prepare now with tips from this animated video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVpGJ_Xl__w&list=UUVrYey5SZMid_VZk9D8tYmA #HolidaySafety
- Before guests arrive for the holidays check your smoke alarm batteries #HolidaySafety
Holiday Gift Giving
- Giving or getting a new tablet or smartphone? Download emergency preparedness apps and set up the emergency contact feature on your phone. www.fema.gov/mobile-app #HolidaySafety
- Buying #LastMinuteGifts? Provide a winter weather emergency supply kit item. Get the entire list at: www.ready.gov/kit #HolidaySafety
- Talk with family about who to call, where to meet and what to pack for an emergency this holiday season. www.ready.gov/plan #SafeTravels
- If you’re traveling by plane for the holidays, review @TSA's security screening tips: www.tsa.gov/travel/travel-tips #SafeTravels
- If you’re packing for a flight, consider a small emergency kit: flashlight, batteries, & spare USB power bank. Wishing you #SafeTravels.
- Prepare your car for winter weather before hitting the road for the holidays www.ready.gov/car #SafeTravels
- On the road this winter? Fill out an emergency communications plan card and let your in case of emergency contact know your plan: https://www.ready.gov/collection/family-communication-plan #SafeTravels
- Are you taking your pets with you for the holidays? Add a few emergency items for your pets, like water and food www.ready.gov/pets #SafeTravels
- For #SafeTravels with family over the holidays, think about your kids' needs when you pack. For resources for the entire family including educators check out: www.ready.gov/kids
- Pet travel tip: Pack something familiar like a toy or blanket to help alleviate stress. www.ready.gov/pets #SafeTravels
- Traveling by car? Remember to pack an emergency supply kit www.ready.gov/car #SafeTravels #HolidaySafety
- Unattended cooking is the leading factor in home cooking fires. #HolidaySafety #FireSafety
- Did you know: #Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. #HolidaySafety
- #HolidaySafety Tip: Move things that can burn away from the stove. This includes dishtowels, bags, boxes, paper and curtains. #FireSafety
- #HolidaySafety Tip: Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so no one can bump them or pull them over.
- In case of an oven fire, turn off the oven and keep the door closed until it’s cool. #HolidaySafety
- Keep an eye on what you fry! Most cooking fires start when frying food. #Thanksgiving #HolidaySafety
- Be a safe cook this #Thanksgiving: wear short sleeves or roll them up so they don’t catch on fire. #HolidaySafety
- Watch what you heat! Most house fires start in the kitchen. #HolidaySafety
- Cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires. #HolidaySafety #FireSafety
- Nearly 60% of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle. #HolidaySafety #FireSafety https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/top-causes-of-fire/candles
- Make sure to have working smoke alarms close to where anyone may be sleeping #HolidaySafety #FireSafety
- Keep candles 12 inches away from things that can burn throughout the holiday season. #FireSafety #HolidaySafety
- Turn your holiday lights off before leaving home or going to bed. Every. Single. Time. #FireSafety #HolidaySafety
- Remember during the #holidays, don't overload extension cords. #FireSafety #HolidaySafety
- Check the water and unplug lights on your #Christmas tree before you go to bed. A dry tree is more flammable. #HolidaySafety http://youtu.be/RNjO3wZDVlA
- Water your #Christmas tree every day. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch on fire easily. #HolidaySafety http://youtu.be/RNjO3wZDVlA
- Keep your #Christmas tree at least 3 feet away from heat sources. #HolidaySafety
- Consider using flameless candles during #Kwanzaa or #Hanukkah celebrations. #HolidaySafety
- Hanging holiday lights can be a fun family activity. Stay safe by avoiding potential fire dangers. www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/121347/611.pdf #HolidaySafety
- See what happens to a dry #Christmas tree that catches fire vs. a tree that has been regularly watered by watching this video: http://youtu.be/RNjO3wZDVlA #HolidaySafety #FireSafety
- Be fire smart as you deck the halls this season! www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/121347/611.pdf #HolidaySafety
- Ring in the new year safely by following these safety tips: www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/121347/611.pdf #HolidaySafety
- Happy #Hanukkah! Make fire safety part of your family tradition. Visit the National Fire Protection Association for more tips: https://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/religious_candles_safety_tips.pdf
Online Shopping Safety
- Connect with care. Do your online shopping at home, and make sure your home wireless network is protected. https://www.ready.gov/cybersecurity #BlackFriday #HolidaySafety
- Be cautious online. During the holidays, scammers may send fake emails that are too good to be true. Don't click on links! https://www.ready.gov/cybersecurity #HolidaySafety
- Set strong passwords and change your password often. Do not set passwords that will be easy for cyber criminals to guess. https://www.ready.gov/cybersecurity #BlackFriday
- Too good to be true? It probably is. Shop online through trusted retailers to avoid getting scammed. #CyberMonday
Communicating with Loved Ones
- While family is together celebrating the holidays decide on an emergency safe meeting place. #HolidaySafety https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
- Give the gift of communication this holiday with Family Emergency Communication Plan wallet cards: https://www.ready.gov/collection/family-communication-plan #HolidaySafety
- Happy #Thanksgiving! Today, talk to your family over the dinner table about where to meet during an emergency! For more tips and information visit: www.ready.gov/kids #HolidaySafety
- Give the gift of emergency preparedness. Teach kids what do before, during, and after a disaster. Download the curriculum to start planning: www.ready.gov/kids/educators #HolidaySafety
- There is so much to be thankful for this holiday season, remember to celebrate what has gone well.