In all the joys of the season, we’re quick to forget how dangerous it can be! There are a lot of hazards during the holiday season. From candles on the menorah or the tree to old strands of lights, decorations can present some dangers. Who hasn’t seen some Christmas comedy where the family tree catches on fire, and they all stare dumb-founded at the charred remains? Imagine that happening when you’re not home- and away from a Hollywood set.
Even if you think you put all the candles and the fire out, it doesn’t hurt to double check. Make sure the holders are safe and actually meant to be used as candle holders!
Always turn off the Christmas lights before you leave or go to sleep, both outside and in. The box might say they can be left on 24 hours, but do you want to take that chance?
Don’t put your tree, wreath, or any decorations next to or on any source of direct heat (vent or furnace) or near the fire. If you do put something on the mantle of your fireplace, pull it up if & when you light a fire.
Finally have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home, test them monthly and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries at all times. We change ours every six months (it used to be when the clocks changed, but now that’s only like 4 months).
This is the time of year for everyone to be jolly, cheerful, happy, caring, giving, loving. No one should spend the holiday on the phone with their insurance company claim department. Stay safe, and have a very happy holiday season!