The holidays are rapidly approaching, but before you begin your decorating, it is important to know some holiday safety tips. Just by taking a few extra precautions, you can rest easier knowing that you have taken steps to protect your family from potential hazards. Payless Power, you retail electric provider, wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!
Christmas Tree Safety
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that between 2003 and 2008, 260 home fires began with Christmas trees in the United States. In 19% of these fires, a heat source, such as a fireplace, radiator, or other heating device was located too close to the tree, causing the tree to catch fire. One important holiday safety tip is to place your tree at least 3 feet away from any heat source. Only use lights approved by an independent testing laboratory. Never use candles to decorate a Christmas tree. When you leave home or go to bed, make sure to turn off Christmas tree lights. If you are using an artificial tree, check the manufacturer’s recommendation before adding lights. Lights should not be placed on trees made of metal as a faulty connection can charge the tree and a person touching the tree can be electrocuted. If you use a real tree, water the tree daily to prevent drying, as dry trees will burn more quickly than moist trees.
Before hanging Christmas lights, test them to be sure all bulbs work and there are no loose connections or frayed wires. Only use lights approved for outdoor use when decorating outside. Read the manufacturers recommendations regarding the number of strings of lights that can be connected, and do not plug too many lights into one socket or surge protector. One holiday safety tip is to purchase timers for your lights so they will turn off at a set time each night. This will also keep your electric bill down during the holiday season.
One important holiday safety tip is to choose only decorations that are flame resistant, especially those placed on or near a tree. Place candles in well-ventilated areas and are not close to any combustible materials. Use non-flammable candleholders and place in a secure location to avoid the chance of knocking them over. Keep wrapping papers, bags and ribbons away from fireplaces. Never burn wrapping paper in a fireplace as a flash fire can occur.
By following these simple holiday safety tips, you can rest more comfortably knowing you have taken steps to protect your family and loved ones. Learn more about holiday safety tips through your retail electric provider.
Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
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