The winter holiday season can be the busiest time of the year and according to the American Red Cross, holiday fires claim more than 500 lives each year and cause approximately $554 million in property damage, which is why it is so
important to prepare as we head into the colder months.
Preparing for the holiday season:
• When decorating outside, be sure that all extension cords are labeled for outdoor use and that the lights are fastened securely to your home, porch, gutters, or surrounding trees.
• Always plug outdoor lights and electric decorations into a GFCI outlet or use a surge protector for safety.
• Keep a constant watch on candles, fireplaces, wood burning stoves, and any open flames in your home.
• Check space heaters before use.
• Ensure all smoke detectors are fully charged and tested.
Before putting a Christmas tree up:
• Choose a tree that is fresh.
• Keep your tree watered throughout the season.
• Never place it near a fireplace, wood burning stove, or open flame.
• Only buy fire-resistant artificial trees.
• Look for damage to Christmas lights before putting them on your tree.
• Never use more than three sets of light strands per one extension cord.
• Turn off the Christmas tree lights when you’re not home.
• Only decorate with non-combustible or flame-resistant decorations.