Follow These Safety Tips for a Happy Holiday Season

This is the time of year that many of us spend months looking forward to and planning for. Holiday celebrations with family and friends, amazing food, cozy fires and beautiful decorations. There really isn’t a time of year that feels more magical. Except for the hundreds of homes of that affected by holiday fires each year. If you think holiday season fires aren’t that big of a problem, think again. Here is a quick look at some scary statistics.
  • On average, fire departments respond to 310 fires started by Christmas trees each year. Some estimates have this number considerably higher.
  • In one 4-year period, fire departments responded to 860 home fires started by holiday decorations, not related to Christmas trees.
  • Candles were responsible for 38% of those holiday decoration fires.
  • The two peak days for cooking fires are Thanksgiving, followed by Christmas day.
We want you and the ones you cherish the most to be safe this holiday season. It all starts with being aware of the dangers. For a happy holiday season, keep these safety tips in mind for your holiday celebrations, and the quiet moments you enjoy afterwards.

The Christmas Tree

  • If you have cut your own tree, make sure that you keep it properly watered. A tree that is dry enough to shed needles is a major fire hazard.
  • Replace broken lights, or electrical cords that are frayed or broken.
  • Dispose of tree in a timely manner after the holidays.
  • Keep the tree a safe distance away from the fireplace. radiators and candles.
  • Look for a “fire resistant” label on artificial trees.

Decorations

  • Never leave children alone in a room with lit candles.
  • Keep matches and lighters used for lighting candles out of reach of children.
  • Be wary of pets around candles, electrical cords and dangling ornaments.
  • Avoid dangling decorations around the fireplace, such as garland or stockings.
  • Don’t overload electric outlets, including the use of power strips.
  • Turn off and unplug all decorations before going to bed.

Safety in the Kitchen

  • Do not leave the kitchen when cooking on the stove top, even for a minute. A split second is all that it takes for a kitchen fire to spark.
  • Make sure your oven and stove top are free of any debris before cooking.
  • Make sure electrical cords are not dangling over heat sources.
  • If you have errands to run, someone needs to stay home if you have something cooking in the oven.
  • Keep kitchen towels and potholder away from the stove.
  • Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove, and make sure pot handles are turned inward.
  • Children who are old enough to help need to be knowledgeable of safety precautions. Look out for loose clothing or dangling hair that could catch fire.
Finally, make sure you have working fire detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers throughout your home. We want you to be safe this holiday season, but if disaster does strike, LDR Cleaning and Restoration is your experts to call for smoke and fire damage restoration. Have a happy and safe holiday season!
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