Holiday Fire Safety
THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE…BE SAFE!
Did you know that the top three days of the year for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day? Christmas decorations are beautiful, but consider the following during your holiday festivities;
- Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms.
- Test all smoke alarms in your house once a month
- Replace smoke alarm batteries at the very least, annually.
- Have a fire escape plan
- Never leave a burning candle unattended. Consider using battery-operated flameless candles.
- Check all holiday light cords to make sure they aren’t frayed or broken. Don’t string too many strands of lights together—no more than three per extension cord.
- If you are buying an artificial tree, look for the fire-resistant label. When putting it up, keep it away from fireplaces, radiators and other sources of heat.
- If getting a live tree, make sure it’s fresh and water daily to keep it fresh. Bend the needles up and down to make sure no needles fall off.
- If using older decorations, check their labels. Some older tinsel is lead-based. If using angel hair, wear gloves to avoid irritation. Avoid breathing in artificial snow.
- When decorating outside, make sure decorations are for outdoor use and fasten lights securely to your home or trees. If using hooks or nails outside, make sure they are insulated to avoid an electrocution or fire hazard.
- If using a ladder, be extra careful. Make sure to have good, stable placement and wear shoes that allow for good traction.
- Don’t use electric lights on metallic trees.
- Don’t forget to turn off all holiday lights when going to bed or leaving the house.
- Keep children, pets, and decorations away from candles.
- If hanging stockings on the fireplace mantel, don’t light the fireplace.
Oh, and just a side note, no matter what cats believe, they are not Christmas Tree decorations - please try to keep them out of your tree - good luck!
From all of us at SERVPRO® of Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie, we wish you a very merry and safe holiday season!
Sources: Red Cross and FEMA