Season’s Greetings!

December 7, 2011 at 9:15 AM | Posted in Event Planning, Home, Personal Property | Leave a comment
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The holidays are a time for celebration and spending time with friends and family. This means more cooking, decorating, and entertaining. However, there is also an increased risk of fire and accidents. Here are some tips to keep your family safe:

  • If you plan to travel for the holidays, have a trusted friend or neighbor keep an eye on your home.
  • Poinsettias are known to be poisonous to humans and animals, so keep them well out of reach.
  • When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “fire-resistant.”
  • When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches, and when bent between your fingers, needles do not break.
  • When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces, radiators, and portable heaters. Make sure the tree is not in the way of traffic patterns and that doorways are not blocked.
  • Cut a few inches off the trunk of your tree to expose the fresh wood to allow for better water absorption.
  • Keep the stand filled with water because heated rooms dry live trees out rapidly, which creates a fire hazard.
  • Make sure the base is steady so the tree won’t tip over easily.
  • Carefully inspect previously used light strings for burned-out bulbs, frayed wires, broken sockets, or loose connections. Replace damaged items before plugging lights in. Do not overload extension cords.
  • Before using lights outdoors, check labels to be sure they have been certified for outdoor use.
  • Plug all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with ground-fault circuit interrupters to avoid potential shocks.
  • Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire.
  • Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S. When cooking for holiday visitors, remember to keep an eye on the range.
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Protector Group wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!

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