Home Safety Tips for the Holidays

Posted by Ben Thompson on 11.30.18

Can you believe it’s time to dig out the holiday decor from your basement or attic? Seems like it was Halloween just yesterday! Decking your home out for the season is great fun, but as you trim your tree and string up the lights, there are a few important safety tips to consider.  Please take a few minutes to review our list to ensure your home is a safe zone for your friends and family to gather.

  1. Don’t use any string lights with exposed or frayed wires, loose connections, or broken plugs. If you aren’t sure how old a strand is, it’s best to toss them rather than take the chance of a safety hazard.
  2. Swap incandescent lights for LEDs, which are more energy efficient and burn cooler.
  3. Never connect more than three strings of lights together.
  4. Keep electrical cords out of reach from children and pets.
  5. Make sure that any string lights you use outside are actually for outdoor use and connect them to a GFI outlet.
  6. Poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly are poisonous to cats and dogs, so be sure to place them out of reach or purchase artificial plants.
  7. Keep real and artificial trees at least 3 feet away from heat sources including fireplaces and heat vents.
  8. Do not place burning candles near your Christmas tree and be sure never leave any burning candle unattended. We recommend battery-operated candles instead of the real thing!
  9. Water live trees daily. A dry tree is a fire hazard.
  10. Check your smoke detectors to ensure they are in working order.

 Enjoy your holiday festivities!

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