The holidays are a joyous time of year to share with family and friends, but it is also a time when many accidents can occur. Here are just a few safety tips:
• Live Christmas Trees – Be certain to pick a fresh tree and keep it watered. Dry trees can quickly turn into a fire hazard. Never place a live tree near a heat source.
• Artificial Christmas Trees – When purchasing a tree, pick one that is labeled fire resistant.
• Cooking – The most common cause of home fires is unattended cooking. With parties and activities, you can become distracted; but try to keep an eye on the kitchen at all times.
• Lights – Purchase UL certified lights, which are safety tested. These lights lessen the chance of shorts and fires. Before you put up lights, test them to avoid shorts.
• Ladders – Be cautious with heights when putting lights on roofs and outdoor trees. Never string lights alone and be sure to have someone stabilize the ladder.
• Candles – Fires caused by candles can be quite common. Never place them around the tree or areas where children and pets can knock them over.
By being aware and keeping safety measures in mind, you can keep your family safe during the holidays.