It’s officially the holiday season! You’re ready to pick out the perfect tree, drag the ornaments out of storage, and make the house look like a winter wonderland. After all it IS the most wonderful time of the year – and we’d like to help you keep it that way.
According to the American Red Cross, there are over 45,000 house fires during the holiday season – costing over $550 million in property damage, and causing over 2,000 injuries and 500 deaths.
Luckily, we have some easy and helpful tips to help you keep the yuletide cheer going strong – although none to help deal with crazy Uncle Joe or your nosey in-laws!
If you buy a real Christmas tree, make sure the needles are green and fresh, and water it daily. When purchasing a fake Christmas tree, ensure it’s made of flame retardant material.
Keep your tree, stockings, and any other holiday decorations at least 3 feet away from a heat source – this includes candles, fireplaces, radiators, and heat vents.
Don’t use any lights or decorations that have frayed electrical cords. Don’t use indoor Christmas lights outside. Limit the number of connected light strands to 3 sets.
Trim candle wicks back to ¼ of an inch and keep them 12 inches away from any other object. Extinguish candles before heading to bed or leaving the house.
Don’t throw boxes or wrapping paper into fireplaces.
Remember to set timers while cooking. Don’t leave food unattended for long periods of time. Turn off all appliances when you leave the house. Have a fire extinguisher on hand, just in case.
The holidays are a time for joy and celebration, so make sure you are taking the proper safety precautions to keep what matters most – your family and friends – safe from fire hazards this season.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Sinclair Risk and Financial Management!