The holiday season is finally upon us! The upcoming days are meant to be joyful, warm, and full of happy memories with friends and family. All too often, though, we get caught up in finding presents, baking cookies, and getting our house ready to host the perfect holiday party, so much so that we make big oversights. One of the top oversights we make, which is also one of the leading causes of holiday tragedies, is what we do in regards to protecting our homes from fire.
Keep the following list of fire prevention tips close to you this holiday seasons and ensure that this time of year is joyous for you and your family.
Christmas Tree Fire Prevention Tips
*Keep your tree secure and upright in its stand so children, pets, or even adults don’t accidentally knock it over.
*Real trees are a bigger danger when they dry out. Make sure your tree has plenty of water and that pets can’t access the water.
*Keep the tree away from any and all sources of heat.
*Make sure that your artificial tree is labeled as fire retardant or fire resistant.
*Avoid using real candles on a tree, especially if your tree is real.
Holiday Lighting Fire Prevention Tips
*Unplug any lighting, indoor and outdoor, before you go to bed or leave the house.
*Don’t run electrical wires under the rugs.
*Keep all candlewicks trimmed to a height of ¼ inch, and make sure that they are all in sturdy holders that won’t tip over and are placed away from furniture. Additionally, never leave burning candles unattended.
*Ensure that the cords used for lights and other decorations are not frayed. If they happen to be frayed, dispose of them and buy new strands; after all, it’s much easier to buy a new strand or two of lights than to attempt to replace your home after a fire.
Fireplace Fire Prevention Tips
*Always have a professional inspect your fireplace every year before you use it, and look for any cracks in your fireplace.
*Always use a screen in front of your fireplace while it is in use.
*Once the holidays are over, don’t attempt to dispose of your Christmas tree, wreaths, or leftover wrapping paper by burning them in a fireplace.
We hope that these tips will help keep you and your family safe this holiday season. And remember, if you’re ever in the hunt for a new home or are looking to sell your home, the professionals at the Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties can help! Call us at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 or view our listings online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com. Have a great holiday season and happy New Year!