During the winter holidays we tend to do a lot of celebrating. This in turn means more cooking, decorating, and entertaining. Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe.
1. Holiday Decorations – Be sure to use decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
2. Candles – Keep a close eye on candles and keep pets and children away from them. Keep them away from anything that could burn. Do not leave the house while they are burning.
3. Christmas Lights – Use lights that have a label by an independent testing lab. Replace any strings of lights that have worn or broken cords or connectors. Do not overload electrical outlets.
4. Smoke Alarm – Test your smoke alarms and replace batteries as needed. Make sure everyone knows the escape route in case of a fire.
5. Cooking – Be sure to keep an eye on everything in the kitchen while you are cooking.
6. Smoking – All smoking should be done outside of the home. Provide deep ash trays and wet cigarette butts before discarding.
7. Christmas Tree – Be sure to place the tree away from any heat elements such as a furnace, a heat register, space heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves. Make sure it is on a sturdy base.
8. Fireplaces and Wood Stoves – Make sure you have your chimney inspected and cleaned. Use a fireplace screen or heat-tempered glass to prevent sparks from going into your home. Burn dry wood and do not sue paper.
9. Space Heaters – Be sure to keep them away from anything flammable. There should be at least 36 inches between the heater and anything else. Do not use unsupervised. Make sure the heater is UL approved and has a tip-over shut off function.
10. Lock your doors – This time of year is ripe for theft and holiday crime. Be sure to lock your doors even if you are just walking across the street or will only be gone for a few minutes.
Have a safe and happy holiday season.
Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Sandals Realty, Punta Gorda, FL – email@example.com