Valentine’s Day Safety
No matter how you look at it, $18.2 billion is a lot of money. It is more than eight times as much as the annual budget for the city of Atlanta. It is also the amount that consumers spent in February 2017 for Valentine’s Day greetings and gifts, including candy, flowers, candles, and other heart-festooned holiday items. The $18.2 billion in 2017 was down from the Valentine’s Day spending of $19.7 billion spent in the same time frame in 2016.
How to Stay Safe from Fire on Valentine’s Day
Although it is nice to give and receive gifts, it is also nice to remain safe. Almost everyone is familiar with the warnings about being careful not to leave candles burning in an unattended room, not to leave the room while the fire is still burning in the fireplace, and to be careful about grease fires when cooking that special romantic Valentine’s Day meal.
No one wants their dreams of cuddling by a fire with a special person to turn into sitting on their lawn watching their house burn down with the special person being one of the firefighters who has paused for a moment to provide comfort. Simple steps to prevent this include:
- Do NOT to pour water on a grease fire on the stove. If the food catches fire in the pan, slowly put the lid on the pan or cover it with a cookie sheet or pizza pan. Turn the burner off. Do not move the pan from the stove for at least 20 minutes. Water will cause the flames to flare up and may catch you and/or your house on fire.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended. Be attentive about where you place the candle so it is not near anything flammable like curtains, cabinets, or lamp shades.
- Invest in regular maintenance of your fireplace and be sure the opening is covered by a screen.
But fires are not the only events than can disrupt an otherwise pleasant holiday and from which you need safety protection. There are other things you need to be aware of in order to stay safe on Valentine’s Day.
Beware of Scammers
With a majority of consumers making online purchases comes an increase of scammers. Particularly at a holiday time like Valentine’s Day. You may be aware that you should only using a credit card online for a site that has in its code “https://” to be sure it is a secure site. But, there are some other things to watch for in order to avoid becoming a victim of a Valentine’s Day cyber-criminal.
- You may receive a message that flowers you sent were undeliverable. Can you please resubmit the address where they should be delivered, along with your credit card information, which will “trigger” a second attempt? What it just might “trigger” is a fraudulent charge on your credit card.
- You receive an email that says something like, “Click this link and order today for fast delivery. Use the special discount code provided here.” Tempting, yes. Should you respond? No. For those of you old enough to remember the old adage, “Let your fingers do the walking,” will find your clicking fingers walking right into a cyber-scam along with: 1) the loss of some of your money; and 2) the inconvenience of canceling the credit card you used for the attempted purchase of nonexistent goods.
If you do purchase items online from a legitimate seller, clean the cookies on your computer afterward so future crooks cannot track your private information.
Consider Safety of Pets
People do not often think of danger to their pets on Valentine’s Day. But when sending flowers or candy to a pet owner, or if you have pets and receive those items from a significant other, keep your pet safe by being aware that:
- Lilies can be lethal to cats.
- Chocolate can make both cats and dogs very sick – sometimes resulting in death.
- Roses, or any flower with thorns, may cause a serious infection if your pet steps on a thorn or swallows one.
- Pets, particularly kittens, may find it tempting to play with a burning candle. Do not leave a candle burning when you leave a room.
If you were injured due to a Valentine’s gift gone awry, or for any other reason and think you may have a claim for damages, contact us at Georgia Trial Attorneys with your questions. Every consultation is free.