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Holiday Fire Safety Tips For Your Home

Fire Safety Tips For Christmas

The following information was provided by the experts at Safer Alarms

 

It seems as if every year the holiday season begins earlier. Along-side Halloween costumes in the stores are dancing Santa’s and reindeer. But in our mad dash to get our home decorated for the holidays and organize the gatherings, it’s easy to forget about the additional fire hazards that come with this time of year. To keep your family safe, keep these tips in mind to prevent fires.

 

Christmas Tree

Let’s face it, bringing a 4 ft. to 8 ft. tree into your home that is only being held up by a small stand with four screws is just asking for trouble with a toddler in the home. I can remember at least one time in my childhood hearing the tree come crashing to the floor in the middle of the night. Toddlers will naturally be attracted by this new item in your home and equally fascinated by the lights. To prevent the tree from falling wrap green gardening twine around the mid-section of the tree. There are extension gates that can be assembled as large as you require. Once you have placed the lights on the tree, be sure to tape any extra length of cord directly to the wall to prevent your toddler from pulling on it and pets from biting it and potentially causing a fire.

 

Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 32 reported home Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 143 total reported home fires.

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Ornaments

While you may have many family ornaments that you have used to decorate your tree in the past, store any glass ones away for the next few years. Along with the potential risk of broken glass cutting your child, a curious toddler will try to put one in her mouth. Make sure smaller ornaments are placed towards the top of the tree and consider decorating the bottom with ribbons or larger cloth-covered ornaments.

 

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Christmas Tree Lights

Never attach more than three strands of lights together. Pick up some extension cords and read the directions carefully for the best way to light your tree. Some stores may even carry cords designed to go up the trunk of your tree to individually light each strand. Also, make sure you keep them high enough so that your pets don’t think they are chew toys! Electrical fires are no way to start your holiday season.

One of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.

 

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Fireplace

Nothing is cozier than a roaring fire but make sure children are aware of the dangers. If you have a fireplace in your home, make sure you securely fasten gate or screen in front to protect your area rugs, carpets, and furniture from loose embers, and to keep your children safe from burns. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby at all times.

 

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Cooking

Whether your kids are helping you bake a gingerbread house or just heating up a cup of hot chocolate, establish some safety rules. Make sure they understand to stay away from hot appliances or plugging in electrical appliances with wet hands.

 

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Candles

It’s easy to forget and leave a candle burning when you go to bed. There’s also the chance of a taper candle falling over and igniting a tablecloth or drape. There is a wide array of scented electric candles that will look just as beautiful and be much safer to use.

The top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Eve.

 

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Keep your holidays happy and bright by making fire safety a priority during this festive season.


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Stephanie is a wife and mom of two, a Virtual Assistant, freelance writer and Social Media maven. Stephanie is also the owner of The Autism Diva - a travel, lifestyle blog and special needs resource as she is raising a non-verbal son with Autism. The Autism Diva covers events in the metro Atlanta area and New England. Also hosts giveaways, reviews, recipes and more. With a background in Business and Finance, she left it all behind to be a stay-at-home mom and also homeschools both her kids. Coffee is a must and while life can be crazy, she wouldn't have it any other way.

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