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Be Safe this Holiday Season

12/29/2016 (Permalink)

Pretty Lights, candles, and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season, BUT if they are not used correctly this holiday season could go from festive to frightening.

The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help reduce the risk of a fire in your home or business this holiday season. 

  1. Place Christmas trees, candles and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
  2. Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacture's instructions. 
  3. Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
  4. Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.
  5. Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees.
  6. Keep anything that can catch on fire (Pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains) away from your stove top.
  7. Designate one person to walk around your property to ensure all candles and smoking materials are property extinguished after guests leave. 

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