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Tips to Keep Your Holidays Safe

November 28, 2018

'Tis the season for festive gatherings and bright decorations - and the potential dangers they bring.

Decorations, lights, and trees create a jolly tone but they also have some hidden dangers. Here are some tips to keep your family safe, and spare yourself some trauma this holiday season:

Check Your Lighting

The twinkling holiday lights make spirits bright, but can also pose a fire danger. Carefully choose strands that are flame-resistant. Inspect older lights and replace them if wires are frayed or their sockets are cracked. Look for a certification mark like UL or ELT to make sure the product complies with safety standards. And don't overload extension cords. Keep decorations and other flammable materials away from lit candles. Always turn your lights off when you're away from home or going to bed.

About Those Trees

If you're buying an artificial tree, look for a "fire-resistant" label. When choosing a live tree, look for fresh green needles that don't break easily when bent. Set your tree up away from fireplaces, radiators, portable heaters and other heat sources. Be sure to keep the tree watered, and make sure it doesn't block any main exits.

Decorate With Care

Use only nonflammable or fire retardant ornaments. With children in the home, be sure your ornaments are unbreakable and free of sharp edges. Also, hang ornaments with moving parts out of your child's reach.

With a little planning, and some caution, everyone should be able to enjoy a happy and safe holiday season this year.



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