Holiday Safety Tips

Holiday Safety Tips

With the holiday season in full swing you can avoid common holiday hazards by following these simple safety tips.  Inspect holiday lights each year before you put them up.  Throw away light strands with frayed or pinched wires and consider using low-wattage Christmas lights to prevent electrical overloads.  Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles. The top four days for home candle fires are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.  According to the United States Fire Administration, one of every three Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.  Make sure the electrical outlet that you plug holiday lights into is not faulty or overloaded.  If you have a live Christmas tree, water it every day.  A dry tree can catch on fire more easily.  Test smoke alarm functions and replace old batteries. All smoke alarm batteries should be changed annually.    Also remember, tossing Christmas wrapping paper into the fireplace may seem like a fun activity, but it is very risky and can result in a chimney fire.  The holidays should be fun and stress-free, make sure your home is safe, and have emergency numbers handy in the event you’re faced with an emergency situation.

 

Written by Joey Guidi

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