Putting together a holiday gathering for friends and family is stressful enough. An unexpected insurance claim, however, can turn even the happiest elf into a miserable grinch. The following safety tips will help keep everybody jolly.
Inspect all holiday lights for wear and tear and replace them if cords, lights, or plugs are frayed or broken. Be sure to check the package for instructions on how to safely use more than one strand, and make sure to turn off all lights when sleeping or away from the home. Nothing drives people to the nog faster than an electrical fire.
Exercise caution when using candles. Always keep them away from children, pets, drafts, and flammable materials. Never leave burning candles unattended.
Live Christmas trees present a unique fire hazard, especially when dried out. Keep trees away from fireplaces, radiators, and other heat sources. Keep the tree in a water-filled stand and monitor the water level daily. A well-hydrated tree will have green needles that are difficult to remove, whereas a dry tree will have brown needles that fall out often. Remove the tree from your home immediately after it dries out as this represents a serious fire hazard.
Above all, be sure to practice common sense. The holidays are a time to celebrate with friends and family. These common sense safety tips will go a long way towards making your days merry and bright.