Christmas time is a time for celebration, family, and fun. It’s also a risky time where fires and hazards cause more than $18 million in property damage every year. While it’s important to have fun with your family and enjoy the celebrations, you should also keep in mind being safe and fire preventative this year.
Christmas tree fires are often the biggest cause of damage every holiday season. Hanging up lights is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit and making your home look a little brighter and more festive. However, if you do not take the necessary steps to provide a fire-safe home, the holiday lighting may ruin your Christmas this year. It could even endanger your family and put a permanent damper on the season.
Christmas tree fires are not that common, but when they do happen, they cause considerable damage to property and can even cause injuries to people. Things like electrical failures and having a heat source too close to the Christmas tree can cause a fire to blaze and grow out of control. Candles during the season are also a high risk actors, as well as decorative lights that have a dangerous voltage.
There are some precautions you can take, not just during the Christmas season, but whenever you plan to hang lights or electrical wiring. You can also make your home a safe place by taking the following steps to ensure your Christmas season goes by without any tragedies.
Be Mindful of Escape Routes
During a fire, it is always best to keep everyone calm and have a clear exit out of the building. With that in mind, make sure your Christmas tree and decorations are not blocking any doorways or hallways.
Keep Your Tree Watered
If you plan to have a real Christmas tree this year, make sure to keep it well-watered and place water near the tree to prevent any fires.
Decorate with Non-Flammable Decorations
Keep your ornaments simple.
Keep Heat Away from the Tree
Place your tree at least three feet away from any fireplaces, candles, radiators, or heat vents.
Double-Check Your Lights
If you’ve been storing your Christmas decorations, make sure they are still safe and new enough to use this year.
Turn Off Your Lights
Lights are fun when you are celebrating or want to add a little Christmas joy to your day. However, when you’re not using them, remember to turn them off. This prevents excessive electricity usage and keeps your home safe.
In the event of an accident, your homeowners insurance company will be able to help you handle any damages. Talk to an agent beforehand about what your policy covers, and keep your family safe during the holiday season.