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Holiday Safety Tips

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With the holiday season approaching, here are some reminders to keep it safe:

  • Use caution with holiday decorations and whenever possible choose those made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant, or non-combustible materials.
  • Keep candles away from decorations and other combustible materials, and never use candles to decorate Christmas trees.
  • Purchase only lights and electrical decorations bearing the name of an independent testing lab and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and maintenance.
  • Carefully inspect new and previously used light strings and replace damaged items before plugging in lights. Do not overload extension cords.
  • Always unplug lights before replacing light bulbs or fuses.
  • Do not mount lights in any way that can damage the cord’s wire insulation (e.g. using clips, not nails).
  • Keep children and pets away from the light strings and electrical decorations.
  • Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Remember that unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays when entertaining. Check them and empty as needed after soaking them in water.
  • At the end of the night, check the furniture for stray cigarette butts and empty the ashtrays in a noncombustible container.
  • If there are small children around, make sure matches and lighters are out of their sight and reach.