Lee Company is focused on keeping you happy and safe this holiday season.
During the holidays, a multitude of different safety issues tend to arise. It’s easy to overlook them when you’re tired from all the shopping, cooking, gift-buying, decorating, etc. Try to remember that a safe holiday is a happy holiday!
1. Test your smoke alarms and notify your guests regarding your home fire escape plan.
Replace expired alarms with new ones and keep batteries fresh and on hand to ensure you have a life-saving warning from fire or smoke. Also, if you plan on having family or friends stay with you this holiday season, be sure to tell them where to go in case of an unexpected emergency. It’s always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared when an emergency does take place.
2. Make sure to blow out your lit candles when leaving a room or going to bed.
More than one-third of home decoration fires (couches, chairs, curtains, etc.) are started by candles or an open flame. Be sure to keep the kids and your pets away from lit candles. Remember to store matches and lighters up high and in a locked cabinet to avoid any incidents that may arise from their misuse. It’s also a wise decision to keep candles and other open flames away from easily flammable materials at all costs.
3. Move decorations, furniture and curtains away from baseboard or wall heaters.
According to statistics, 25% of the Christmas tree fires are related to some type of heat source, such as a candle, space heater, or lights, being too close to the tree. These sorts of fires are equally common with fake and real trees. Place all your flammable belongings at a safe distance from open flames or heaters to help prevent fires.
4. Use timers for your Christmas tree and outdoor holiday decorations.
It is important to turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed. Timers offer safety and convenience from the hassle of having to remember to turn your holiday decorations on or off. Additionally, if you have a living tree, do not forget to water it to avoid a mess of pine needles to clean up.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Don’t be like Clark Griswold. If you are unsure or need help planning the best way to set up holiday lights, Lee Company’s professional electricians are ready to help you plan for a bright and safe holiday season!
For more tips from our experts visit us at www.leecompany.com/safetytips.