Holiday Fire Safety – Fire Insurance

HOLIDAY FIRE SAFETY TIPS FIRE INSURANCE

The end of the year is filled with many holidays for all Americans. While the traditions may differ and cultures may celebrate in different ways, there are two things Americans love about their end of year festivities. Lights, and Fire.

Some of the greatest holiday traditions, if not practiced safely, can pose dangers to your home and family.

When it comes to lights, fire and electrical decor here are some basic safety tips:

Electrical Decor and Lights

  • Purchase electrical decorations and lights from reputable retailers.
  • Use lights that have been tested for safety.  Some of the more reputable safety certifications include; UL, CSA, and ETL.
  • Consider using LED lights when possible. They use less energy and run cooler than incandescent lights.
  • Carefully inspect all of your lights for cracks. A defect such as this can cause a serious fire or shock.
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets. You may do this by planning your displays according to the number of outlets available.
  • Turn off all lights and electrical decorations before you leave your home or office.

Outdoor Decor:

  • Plug your outdoor lights and decorations into ground-fault circuit interrupters in order to reduce the risk of electric shock. These ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) may be purchased were electrical supplies are sold.
  • Keep your decorations at least 10 feet from any power lines.
  • In order to prevent wind damage, secure lights cords and fixtures.
  • When putting up your decorations it is important to use a wooden or fiberglass ladder as metal ladder conduct electricity.
  • Do not staple, nail, or fasten electrical wires in anyway that could damage the insulation or wire.

Fire and Candles:

  • Do not place lit candles near flammable or combustible materials.
  • Do not place candles in spots where they might be knocked over.
  • Never leave a lit candle unattended.

 

 

 

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