Tis the season for holiday fun. Family gatherings, entertaining, and festive decorations are among the highlights of the holiday season.
However, sometimes the holiday season brings unexpected risks into your home. According to the United States Fire Administration , during the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s season, there is an elevated risk for home fires due to extensive cooking, decorations, home heating, and open flames.
Paul Davis Restoration Louisville has a few tips we’d like to share with you to make the holidays safe for you and your family:
Holiday Decorations: Decorate with non-combustible or flame-resistant materials. Never use lighted candles on a tree, evergreens, or other flammable materials. Don’t place candles near children, pets, or gift wrapping.
Lights: Make sure there are no frayed wires, broken sockets, or loose connections. Check labels to be sure about the proper use of indoor and outdoor lights. Don’t overload electrical outlets.
Trees: Cut a few inches off the trunk of a live tree and fill the stand with water to keep it from drying out and becoming a fire hazard. An artificial tree should be labeled “Fire Resistant.” Place trees away from fireplaces, radiators, or portable heaters.
Fire Escape Plan: Make sure everyone understands the escape routes and where to meet once outside.
Smoke Alarms: Make sure your smoke alarms are in proper working order and change the batteries at least twice a year.
Fire Extinguishers: Make sure there is a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen, laundry room, and garage. Learn how to use the fire extinguisher.
Fireplace/Chimney: Have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional chimney sweep. Never burn greens, boughs, papers, or other decorations in the fireplace. Check to see that the flue is open before starting a fire.
Keep a list with important emergency phone numbers: Include police and fire departments, doctors, and the national poison help line.
In case of emergency property damage, give us a call and we’ll step in to immediately handle the restoration for you.