Fire Safety Awareness

Holiday Safety Tips from Foremost Promotions

This season is a wonderful time for turning your home into a cozy, festive and brightly lit holiday escape, but unfortunately holiday decorating and homemaking can give rise to several different fire and safety hazards. We know that no one wants to spend a moment of their festivities with a visit from an ambulance or the fire department, so here are some important safety tips to help make sure that you, your family and your impeccably decorated home make it through the holiday season perfectly unscathed.

 

Candles

55% of home candle fires start because a candle is too close to combustible or flammable materials. Reduce your risk by keeping your lit candles far away from wrapped gifts, holiday decorations, furniture upholstery, curtains and bedding. You should also make sure you never go to sleep while candles are still lit and consider electric candles to even further reduce your risk of a home fire. During Hanukkah, many households use electric menorahs to ensure a safe and accident free observation.

 

Christmas Trees

According to the National Fire Protection Association, firefighters responded to an average of 230 home fires that started with Christmas trees each year between 2007 and 2011. Here are some important safety tips for both real and artificial trees.

Real:

When choosing your tree be sure to select one with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. If the needles are dry and already starting to fall, then the tree is already fire hazard to your home and should not be purchased. Once you take your tree home you should immediately add water to its stand and continue to add new water daily. After the holidays, you should get rid of your tree as soon as the needles begin to drop. A dried up Christmas tree is a dangerous fire hazard.

Artificial:

If you plan to purchase an artificial tree, make sure that it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as having been made from fire retardant materials.

All Trees:

Be sure to keep your Christmas tree at least three feet away from any heat source, like a fireplace, radiator, candle or heating vent. Also be sure that your tree is not blocking an exit from your home.

 

Christmas Tree Lights

You should only use lights that have been tested and labeled by an independent testing laboratory and are approved for indoor use. Never use lights that appear to have worn, stripped or broken cords as well as loose bulbs. These should be replaced and old lights should be disposed of and recycled properly. Lastly, always remember to turn off your Christmas tree lights before retiring to bed or leaving your home.

 

Ladders and Outdoor Decorating

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has found that hospital emergency rooms treat an average of 12,500 injuries from falls, cuts and shocks related to holiday decorating every single year. It is extremely important that ladders are used properly and according to factory recommendations and that proper care is taken with outdoor lights and other decorations. Outdoor lighting should be securely fastened to trees, houses, or walls to protect from wind damage. The same goes for any large piece of outdoor décor that can be picked up by the wind.

 

Fireplaces

As with any time of the year, fireplaces should be properly maintained and chimneys regularly swept to reduce fire hazards. During the holidays however, it is especially important to make sure that mantle decorations, wrapped gifts or stockings are kept a safe distance from flames and that a fireplace screen is used at all times.

 

 

You may think that all of these safety tips are simple enough to follow, but it is surprisingly easy to overlook just a few during the busy and hectic holiday season. The best way to always stay on top of these potentially lifesaving tips is spend your holiday season always thinking Safety First.

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