One of our favorite holiday traditions is decoration.
We love the lights and the tinsel and the Mistletoe and all manner of shiny objects. If you do as well, it’s important to make sure that your decorations are both festive and fireproof. Each year improperly lit Christmas trees cause over 250 house fires, resulting in injury and loss of life. However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg as there are many other potential hazards that may or may not directly impact you and/or your family.
Having proper coverage for your home goes a long way. At Insurance Nation, you know the drill; we keep you IN the know. For that reason we have compiled some tips to help prevent careless and unnecessary house fires and related injuries.
For those of you setting up Christmas trees keep the following in mind:
- Many artificial trees are fire resistant and create less of an impact on the environment.
- If you opt for a live tree, make sure that it is fresh and green—dry trees are one spark away from potentially causing massive property damage.
- Position your tree so that it does not impede movement or block any exits. Keep it far away from radiators, fireplaces or any other heat sources.
- Try LED lights instead of traditional glass bulbs. They are far more durable and pose less risk to children. Some children will find the flashing lights inviting, attempting to break them and stick the parts in their mouths. Since LED lights often have plastic casing, this is much more difficult. Additionally, these lights are cool to the touch and provide for much more efficient energy usage.
- DON’T overload your extension cords. We can’t stress this enough. Shoving string after string into a surge protector or extension cord is a surefire way to have it short out. The rule of thumb for installing a safe amount of light sets, is usually three per single extension cord.
- Make sure to turn off all lights when you’re not home. If you’re not home to prevent a fire, the risk of property loss goes up exponentially. Only you can prevent…well you get the drift.
Follow these safety tips and have a fantastic holiday season! Stay safe and we’ll see you all next year.