Holiday Safety Tips from Michael & Son Services

As the holiday season approaches, our neighborhoods are beginning to come alive with lights and decorations. Although they seem harmless, there are many hidden dangers that can result in property damage and serious injury. Here are a few simple safety tips that will ensure you and your loved ones have a safe and happy holiday.

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String Lights and Candles

Inspect and Examine – String lights with cracks and loose connections can result in a fire or electrical shock. Be sure to examine all string lights before putting them up.

Limit Connections – Never connect more than 3 sets of string lights. Connecting more than two can cause a fuse to blow and result in a fire.

Candles – One of the most prevalent factors in house fires during the holidays are candles. Use battery operated candles instead of traditional wax and wick candles.

Electrical Overloads – Never connect more than one high wattage decoration to one socket. Doing so can result in a blown fuse or fire.

Certification – Make sure all lights and candles bear the marking UL (underwriters labs) to insure they have been independently tested. Almost all decorations sold in the U.S. are manufactured overseas and may not have the same safety standards we have.

Non-electrical Fire Hazards

Trees – If you are using a real tree, make sure it is watered daily. A dry tree is a serious fire hazard.

Combustibles and Heat Sources – According to the NFPA, nearly half of all holiday home fires are caused by flammables being two close to a heat source. Keep combustibles at least three feet away from fire places and other heat sources.

Extinguish Heat Sources – Never go to bed with an active fire place or candles burning. Be sure to extinguish all fires before turning in for the night.

Keep an Eye on the Kitchen – Never leave things cooking in the kitchen unattended. Keep an eye on your kitchen when you have something in the oven or on the stove top.

Following these simple safety tips can help you avoid fires and ensure your family has a safe and happy holiday. Be sure to check in with us weekly for more home improvement and safety tips. Also, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube page to stay up to date on upcoming events, great savings and much more!