The holiday season is a joyful time of year, but also a time of year with a high rate of home emergencies. With everything going on, safety can sometimes be overlooked. There are several holiday safety tips you should know to keep your family, friends, and home safe this season.
Holiday Safety Tips for Electrical Hookups
Outdoor lights make for beautiful decorations, but the fire hazard they can be makes it important to follow these holiday safety tips. When you buy your decorations, look for products that have been tested by a recognized company. Read the box and make sure they are intended for outdoor use.
For indoor or outdoor lighting, extension cords are usually necessary. They should only be used temporarily, and should not be kept in high-traffic areas. Connecting two extensions cords together can be dangerous, so instead find one that is the appropriate length. Keep in mind that the cord may overheat if it is run through a wall or ceiling. Equally dangerous is removing the pin to convert a three-pronged plug to a two-pronged one. All of this can be avoided if you buy the appropriate extension cord for your needs.
Tree Holiday Safety Tips
There are many great holiday safety tips centered around your tree. When buying a real tree, look for one that is moist and has needles that do not easily fall off. The trunk should be covered in a sticky sap; a living and healthy tree is less likely to catch fire. After you choose a tree, you should cut a few inches up from the base and keep it in a stand that holds a good amount of water. Continue to add water regularly to prevent it from drying out.
Artificial trees can be a fire hazard too, so find one that is marked as fire resistant. Certain types of artificial trees are not meant to be in contact with electric lights or ornaments, so check that yours has no metallic leaves or branch coverings before hanging decorations. The positioning of your tree is important too, as the tree should not be kept near heat sources.
Other Sources of Fires
One of the most important holiday safety tips involves candles, as they cause many house fires each season. Placement of the candles is key. They should be placed away from any flammable materials, especially greenery, and in a location where they aren’t likely to be knocked over. You should never leave a candle unattended. An excellent alternative to traditional candles is battery operated candles. These pose much less of a risk, but still look great.
Cooking fires are also a danger. To prevent them, don’t leave burners unattended and keep your stove-top clean of grease and dust. Keep all flammable items, specifically napkins and potholders, away from the stove. You should also check that all electrical cords are away from hot surfaces and the sink.
General Holiday Safety Tips
You should always have a working smoke detector in your home, and always follow fire safety procedure. In case there is a fire, you should have an evacuation plan. Most importantly, pay attention to all the details. Don’t overlook any holiday safety tips. All of these holiday safety tips can give you the peace of mind you need to have a happy and safe holiday season.
From all of us at DFW Improved, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!