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Holiday Safety Tips for Home

System - Friday, November 28, 2014
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                                        Holiday Safety Tips for Home

The holiday season is here and PropM would like to provide you with a few tips to help ensure that you and your family have a safe and happy celebration.

Candles

While candles can add a cozy touch to your home, they should be used with caution:

  • Make sure candles are firmly secured in sturdy, non-combustible holders
  • Keep them well away from flammable items such as curtains, decorations and Christmas trees
  • Keep candles out of reach of children and pets
  • Never leave lit candles unattended

Holiday Lights

Lights  can present a fire hazard and also pose the risk of electric shock:

  • Use only UL approved lights to be sure they conform to safety standards
  • Check lights for any damaged bulbs, wires, or plugs and discard if damaged
  • Always unplug the lights when replacing bulbs
  • Check extension cords are rated for the amount of load they will carry (cords and wires should not be warm to the touch)
  • Do not run cords under rugs or across open floors or doorways
  • Be sure any lighting to be used outdoors is recommended for outdoor use.
  • Avoid using metal fasteners to attach lights; use plastic clips, hooks or insulated cable staples available at your local hardware store or home center
  • Turn off all lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Do not link more than 3 strands of lights unless instructions indicate it is safe to do so.

Holiday Trees

If you use a natural tree as part of your decorations, consider these guidelines:

  • Select a fresh tree. The needles should adhere to the branch and be flexible, not brittle
  • Cut an inch or two from the bottom before placing in the stand to allow water to soak into the tree
  • Be sure to water daily to prevent the tree from drying out
  • Place the tree away from heaters, fireplaces or other heat sources