Tips for Holiday Safety

December 5, 2012 at 9:39 AM | Posted in Home, Safety Tips, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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It’s the most wonderful (and sometimes stressful) time of year!

With all the additional things we need to do, it is easy to overlook basic safety measures. The following tips may help keep your holiday incident free, and filled with only good cheer:

1. Check each string of lights for broken or cracked bulbs and sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. If you are using extension cords, check them to make sure they are properly rated for how you intend to use them.

2. Check outdoor lights for labels showing that the lights have been certified for outdoor use, and only plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)-protected receptacle. Don’t place electric lights on a metallic tree.

3. When buying live trees, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, its needles are hard to pull from branches, and its needles do not break when bent between your fingers. The bottom of a fresh tree is sticky with resin and, when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles.

4. When buying an artificial tree, look for the label “Fire Resistant.” Although this label does not mean that the tree will not catch fire, it does indicate that the tree is more resistant to catching fire.

5. Once home and setting up a tree, place it away from heat sources, such as fireplaces, vents, and radiators. Because heated rooms rapidly dry out live trees, be sure to monitor water levels daily and keep the tree stand filled with water. Place the tree out of the way of traffic, and do not block doorways with the tree.

6. Use extra care when enjoying “fire salts,” which produce colored flames when thrown onto wood fires. They contain heavy metals that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation and vomiting if swallowed. Keep them away from pets and children.

7. Gift wrapping papers can cause a flash fire as this paper ignites suddenly and burns intensely. Never burn it in the fireplace.

8. Keep candles on a stable, heat-resistant surface where kids and pets cannot reach them or knock them over. Lighted candles should be placed away from items that can catch fire and burn easily.

9. Last but not least, remember to test your smoke detectors and fire extinguishers to make sure they are working properly.

Protector Group wishes you and yours a safe and happy Holiday Season!

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