Keep Your Home Safe This Holiday Season
The holiday season is here. It's a time of special activities and traditions. Following a few basic guidelines can help keep your family safe as you prepare to celebrate.
Christmas trees, both live and artificial, should never be placed near fireplaces, radiators or portable heaters. All parts of an artificial tree should be clearly designated on the label as fire resistant. If you prefer a live tree, purchase it freshly cut and keep the stand filled with water. Trees dry out quickly in heated rooms, creating a fire hazard.
All tree trimmings should be non-flammable, and light strings should be inspected before use. Make sure all the bulbs work, and watch for frayed wires or broken sockets. Never overload extension cords.
Outdoor light displays should be assembled only with lights approved for outdoor use. Check the label to be sure. Lights should be strung through hooks or insulated staples and not secured with nails or tacks. Plug all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters to avoid potential shock. Turn off all light displays when you go to bed or leave the house.
Unattended cooking is the leading cause of house fires in the U.S. If you have a house full of guests, it’s easy to become distracted. Remember to keep an eye on the stovetop and listen for the oven timer. Keep lighted candles away from trees and evergreens, and place them where they are less likely to be knocked over.
If your family will be traveling over the holidays, avoid discussing your plans with people you don’t know. Have a neighbor or friend check in on your house while you’re gone, and remember to activate your home security system before you leave.
Happy holidays from all of us at Webber and Grinnell!