LIGHT THE NIGHT SAFELY
Pretty lights, candles, and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday seasons—however, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening.
The American Red Cross says, “Stay safe while you celebrate.”
The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season.
- Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like ?replaces, portable heaters, radiators, and heat vents.
- 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 manufacturer’s instructions.
- Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
- Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.
The National Safety Council says, “Watch Out for Those Fire-starters.”
The National Fire Protection Association reports 12% of home candle fires occur in December. A higher risk of fire during the holiday season comes with fireplace and candle usage. The National Safety Council and The National Fire Protection Association offers the following tips:
- Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle
- Keep candles out of reach of children
- Make sure candles are on stable surfaces
- Don't burn candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items
- Don't burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace
- Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year
Your SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals Wish you a safe and happy holiday season!