The winter holiday season is, unfortunately, also prime fire season. This time of year is just full of possible fire hazards from – wood-stoves and furnaces to all the holiday lights Chevy Chase Style that can cause extra strain on electrical systems. Candles create a that cozy warm atmosphere, but must be constantly watched. Reduce the chance of fire by observing these common-sense precautions.
Replace lights that flicker or have loose connections, frayed or cracked insulation, or corroded sockets. With the price of lights why take the chance – it is just as easy to swap them out and buy a new set rather than chance the fire your 15 year old set could cause!
Do not overload your outlets, and avoid extension cords whenever possible. OK – We all end up using lots of extension cords – so be careful and minimize that usage when possible! Unplug all lights when leaving your home or going to bed. All lights should be UL approved – check the packages those cheapo lights are often not UL approved!
Always place candles in sturdy, tip-resistant candle-holders. Keep them away from curtains, drapes, decorations, or other flammable materials. DUH! I know common sense but you will be amazed at how careless we can be during the Christmas Season – Don't leave them burning unattended or within the reach of small children. Extinguish candles by wetting the wick before you leave a room or go to bed.
If you use a real Christmas tree, make sure it's fresh. Trim the trunk two inches before putting it up, and use a large, non-tipping water-holding tree stand. Locate it away from heating ducts, hallways, doorways or any busy area, and keep it watered or risk the Uncle Lewis effect!
If you are using an artificial tree, be sure it is flame retardant.
KITCHENAs you prepare to entertain during the holiday season, traffic and activity in your kitchen may change dramatically, but basic kitchen safety rules don't change at all. In all the fuss, pay extra attention to the little things: keep pot handles turned inward, keep combustibles away from flames, and keep children and pets from underfoot while you're working with the hot stuff!
I know these may seem a little obvious – but a friendly reminder is always in good order – we want this season to be filled with family and joy – so safety should be a top priority.
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Source: National Safety Council