Five things to know for a safe holiday
Brittany Clampitt
Holiday ornament

The City of Charlotte wants you and your family to have a safe and enjoyable holiday. Here are five things to keep in mind as you celebrate the season.  

  1. Solid Waste Services collection schedule changes

    Solid Waste Services will NOT provide collection services Wednesday, Dec. 25.

    All collection services (recycling, garbage, yard waste and bulky waste) will operate on a one-day delay beginning Thursday, Dec. 26. The week of Dec. 22-28 is an orange recycling week. Visit the Solid Waste Services webpages for more collection schedule information.  

    Check out the Waste Wizard tool to learn how to recycle right and properly dispose of your waste items.

  2. Shop smart and shop safe this holiday season.

    The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department offers the following safety tips and best practices for online shopping and package delivery:

      • Shop from a secure computer and connection.

      • Keep security software updated and use websites with "https."

      • Use trusted retail sites or vendor apps.

      • Review your bank statements regularly during the shopping season.

      • Use common sense and "safe exchange" zones at local QuikTrips to conduct online purchase exchanges. The zones are parking spots marked with red paint that are monitored by 24-hour cameras. Exchange zones can be found at these QuikTrips in Charlotte:

      • If you're going out of town, have the post office hold your mail and packages until you return, or arrange for packages to be delivered to a neighbor if allowed.

      • Install doorbell cameras, which are great tools to be notified when someone is on your porch.

  3. Traveling through Charlotte Douglas International Airport? Make a plan.

    Make the busy holiday travel season easier in just a few steps. Create a travel plan, arrive early and expect lines.

    • Check your flight status before you leave home.

    • Have someone drive you to the airport or use a ride share service. If you must drive, visit or call 704-359-5555 to learn about the latest parking conditions and availability.

    • Know the security requirements before you leave for the airport. Have your boarding pass and identification ready.

  4. Safety first in the kitchen.

    Thirty-five percent of fires in Charlotte start in the kitchen. Be safe while cooking this holiday season.

    • Stay in the kitchen while cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.

    • If you're cooking a ham or turkey, stay in your home and check on it frequently.

    • Keep kids away from the stove, hot foods and liquids, knives, electric chords, matches and lighters.

    • Keep the floors clear so you don't trip over kids, toys, bags, etc.

    • Hot liquids account for more burn injuries than fire. Watch this video How to Fry a Turkey with Charlotte Fire for a demonstration of how to safely fry a turkey.

    • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

  5. Don't put oils and grease down the drain.

    Sanitary sewer overflows can be caused by blockages in pipes from fats, oils and grease. Charlotte Water asks residents to avoid putting grease, oils and fats down the drain this holiday season. Follow these simple instructions for proper disposal:

    • Drain cooking grease, oils or fats into a can.

    • Wipe the pan with a paper towel.

    • Toss the can and paper towel in the trash.