Safety Tips - Candles
Holiday Safety Tips:
Candles, pretty lights and decorations are just a few of the items that add to the charm and cheer of the holiday season, however, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening very quickly.
Below are safety tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association, to greatly reduce the fire risk in your home this holiday season.
Two out of five home decoration fires are started by candles. Keep candles at least three feet away from anything that burns.
Use sturdy candle holders that are not likely to tip over and place candles on clear, uncluttered surfaces.
Never leave candles unattended.
Consider using flameless candles instead of real candles.
Make sure you have the correct type of light for your desired décor. Some lights are designed for only indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
Carefully inspect light strands before placing them. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of light sets.
Get rid of your tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage. Check with your local community to find a recycling program.
Remember to turn off outside decorative lights and Christmas tree lights before leaving or going to bed.
Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.
Smoke alarms save lives! Install smoke alarms on each level of your home, near kitchen and sleeping areas. Don’t forget to replace all batteries at least once a year.
SERVPRO of Southbury/Torrington wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!