Workshop shares tips for practicing holiday safety at home

The holidays can spark safety risks, with fires and injuries occurring as a result of decorated live Christmas trees, extra extension cords, candles, portable heaters and an abundance of cooking.

To alert local residents to the dangers, the Los Altos History Museum, in partnership with the city of Los Altos, has scheduled a Holiday Safety Workshop 7 p.m. Dec 11 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Denise Gluhan, Los Altos Hills County Fire District emergency services manager, will lead the workshop, which also will highlight general emergency preparedness techniques. Gluhan, a retired Santa Clara County Fire captain, has extensive community outreach experience and has taught classes on emergency preparedness, CPR and Community Emergency Response Team skills.

“Like anything else, preparedness is something we need to do every day, and is everyone’s responsibility,” Gluhan said. “At the holidays, we visit other people’s homes, have visitors to our homes, add extension cords for holiday decorations and other activities, which change the situation in the home and present new safety risks.”

During the workshop, Gluhan will raise awareness about safely decorating for the holidays and using electrical equipment, and staying safe during holiday visits from children or pets who aren’t normally in the home.

“By learning more about potential hazards, we’ll help you have a safer and more joyous holiday,” she said.

  Emergency preparedness is the focus of the museum’s latest exhibition, “Our Community Prepares: Acts of Nature, Then and Now,” which runs through Jan. 19.

The Holiday Safety Workshop is part of a series of exhibition-related programming. For a list of programs, visit

Admission to the workshop is free and open to all, but reservations are required.

For reservations and more information, visit

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