Practicing Holiday Safety at Home

By November 26, 2019Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (November 26, 2019) While the holidays bring joy, they can also spark safety risks. Fires and injuries have occurred as a result of decorated live Christmas trees, extra extension cords, candles, portable heaters, and an abundance of cooking. To build community awareness around the subject, Los Altos History Museum, in partnership with the City of Los Altos, offers a free “Holiday Safety Workshop,” Wednesday, Dec 11th at 7pm at the Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.  Reservations are required at

The workshop, which also includes general emergency preparedness techniques, will be taught by Denise Gluhan, Los Altos Hills County Fire District Emergency Services Manager. A retired Santa Clara County Fire Captain, she has extensive community outreach experience and has taught classes on emergency preparedness, CPR, and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) skills.

“Like anything else, preparedness is something we need to do every day, and is everyone’s responsibility,” said Gluhan. “At the holidays, we visit other people’s homes, have visitors to our homes, add extension cords for holiday decorations, and other activities which changes the situation in the home and present new safety risks. During the workshop, we’ll raise awareness about safely decorating for the holidays and using electrical equipment, and staying safe during holiday visits, including visits from children or pets who aren’t normally in the house. By learning more about potential hazards, we’ll help you have a safer and more joyous holiday!”

Emergency preparedness is the focus of the Museum’s exhibition, “Our Community Prepares: Acts of Nature, Then and Now,” running through January 19, 2020. The free holiday safety workshop is part of a series of exhibit-related workshops and events. Visit for a current listing of upcoming programs throughout the city.

Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collections, permanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, visit:, email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10,