How to Keep Your Holiday Decorating Fire-Safe | SERVPRO® of Beaver County
The thought of the holidays is wonderful: shining lights in every room and the mouth-watering smell of freshly-baked cookies and sweets. This season is almost unbeatable, but it also brings the year’s highest risk of home fires.
In Pennsylvania, we know how snowstorms can turn our town into a winter wonderland overnight, but we also know how to have a good time during it! There are numerous activities taking place over the next few months, like the famous Murder On The Orient Express train ride.
These events can create a wonderful holiday experience, but you should take preventive measures to protect your home before you leave it alone this winter. Taking the proper precautions can keep you and your home safe while experiencing the wonder of the holidays.
United States fire departments respond to approximately 790 structural fires a year that began due to holiday decorations.
Placing these items too close to heating sources is a major cause of the fires. Additionally, Christmas trees and candles make the list of other home fire sources.
A real tree requires lots of care, with constant watering and sweeping to prevent dead needles from piling up. Artificial trees must be certified as fire-resistant to be safe, but it’s also crucial to avoid overloading your outlets when decorating any kind of tree.
“The stocking were hung by the chimney with care” should be more than a quick line read on family night. Remember this quote when decorating your home so that you never place an item too close to an open flame.
Candles cause approximately 20 house fires a day, so double-check that yours are not too close to other flammable items. If your home has a fireplace, it’s also important to have it inspected annually to prevent disaster.
Check that your outdoor decorations are rated for this kind of use, and hang them properly to avoid falling lights that may cause a fire outside. Check our local government’s website for any regulations on outdoor decorating so that you can follow the guidelines.
Routinely inspect your smoke detectors and install one in each bedroom and on each floor of the home. Create and practice a fire emergency plan with your household, and add SERVPRO of Beaver County to your contacts so that you can reach us fast if a fire sparks up inside.
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