8 Tips to Avoiding Holiday Hazards In Your Stafford Home
Candles, pretty lights, and decorations are just a few of the items that add to the charm and cheer of the holiday season-however if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening very quickly.
Review the following simple safety tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association, to greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season.
1. Two out of five home decoration fires are started by candles. Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns.
2. Use sturdy candle holders that are not likely to tip over and place candles on clear, uncluttered surfaces. Consider using flameless candles instead of real candles.
3. Make sure your tree and decorations are at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents.
4. Make sure you have the correct type of lights for your desired decor. Some lights are designed for only indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
5. Carefully inspect light strands before placing them. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of light sets.
6. Remember to turn off outside decorative lights and Christmas tree lights before leaving or going to bed.
7. Get rid of your tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program.
8. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.
Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals wish you a safe and happy holiday season!