The holiday season is right around the corner! Whether you’ve had your Christmas decorations up since the first of November or you’re waiting until after Thanksgiving, make sure to follow these tips to avoid any fire damage this holiday season.
While making your holiday feast, remember: turn pot/pan handles away from the front of the stove to help prevent knocking them over. Don’t leave the house, even just to run to the store for your missing ingredient. Don’t fall asleep while cooking — your nap will be even more rewarding after you stuff yourself with turkey and pumpkin pie. And lastly, always turn off cooking equipment when not in use.
Have you taken a trip to the Christmas tree farm yet? Live trees should be green and have sap at the trunk. Dry trees can ignite much easier. Keep the tree well-watered once inside your house. If you’re not in the market for a live tree this year, look for fire-resistant artificial trees.
When it comes time to deck the halls, check decorative lights for frayed wires or broken bulbs. Don’t overload outlets and read instructions for proper surge protector use.
Make sure it’s only the chestnuts roasting by the open fire. Only burn wood in your fireplace. Keep the screen closed while using the fireplace.
The holidays are hectic, and sometimes these safety tips can be forgotten in the hustle and bustle. If your home or business does endure some fire damage, give a call to the experts at ServiceMaster of Tacoma at 800-339-5720. We’re available 24/7/365, ready to get your life and holiday festivities back on track.