The Holidays always bring opportunity for togetherness, family fun, and the continuing of traditions. From hanging fresh greens and stringing up lights, here’s how to keep your house and family safe from fire and injury.
As you are sprucing up your home this season and decorating your tree, keep an eye out for these common holiday trip-ups and fire hazards.
1. Merry & Bright. After pulling down those boxes from the attic, inspect your holiday lights thoroughly each year and throw out and damaged or frayed strands.
2. Lights Out. The age old wisdom. Folks, turn your lights off if you leave the house unattended or when you go to hit the hay.
3. Fresh is Best. Try to purchase a fresh tree if you are putting one up this year. Buy local and encourage our local businesses, all the while protecting your home as real trees are less likely to ignite as opposed to an imitation tree. Keep your tree watered and also away from any open candles.
4. Timing is Everything. Use an outdoor timer certified by CSA International to turn on and off lights. Avoid the electricity rush hour and turn on outdoor display after 7pm.
5. Keep Gas Behind Glass. Don’t use gas fireplace if glass panel is removed, cracked, or broken and only allow a qualified service person to replace fireplace parts.
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