It’s that time of year to get your decorations out of storage and deck the halls. As many people know, home fire’s are very typical during the holidays. According to the Consumer Product Safety Comission, “Annually, during the two months surrounding the holiday season, more than 14,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms due to injuries related to holiday decorating.” Make sure you take proper precautions to make sure your home is safely decorated this holiday season.
When you are picking out a fresh Christmas tree, make sure the tree is green and the branches are hard to pull back. The longer the tree has been cut, the more likely it will dry out, creating a fire hazard. Make sure you keep water in your tree stand at all times to insure your tree has moisture and will live longer. When purchasing an artificial tree, always make sure the label reads, “Fire Resistant.”
Nothing brightens up your home more than Christmas lights. Check each set of lights that you have and look for broken sockets, frayed or bare wires, loose connections, and throw out any faulty sets of lights. Always make sure that lights are certified for outdoor use before hanging them outside. As for your lights inside, always turn them off before going to bed.
If you have any more questions on how to keep your home safe this holiday season you can find more information through the Consumer Product Safety Commission.