During the holidays, homeowners have more fire hazards than any time of the year. Peak Construction of Fishkill, NY wants to share their safety tips to ensure a wonderful holiday season.
Christmas Tree Safety
- Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, candles, radiators, light or heat vents.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in close proximity to your tree, just in case.
- Check all light strands before putting them on the tree.
- Never connect more than three strands of lights.
- Do not overload electrical outlets.
- Keep your Christmas tree stand full of water.
- Turn lights off before going to bed.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Make sure everyone knows what to do if they hear them by practicing your family fire escape plan.
- Be sure to blow out all candles before leaving the house or going to bed. We love candles around this holiday. Consider battery operated candles.
- Never use indoor lights outside. They are not designed for prolonged exposure, especially in winter weather.
- Never burn gift-wrapping paper in the fireplace. It can ignite suddenly and cause a flash fire.
Based on the data from National Fire Protection Association, there is an estimated 230 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 150 homes firers involving holiday lights and decorations. Four out of every five Christmas tree fires occurred December – January.
Until next time, have a terrific week!