Secure Your Home From These Holiday Decorating Hazards | SERVPRO® of Central Garden Grove
For many, the holidays are one of the most important times of the year. While gathering with family and friends to decorate the tree and hang holiday lights is a wonderful way to get festive, failing to take the necessary safeguards leaves your home vulnerable to fire.
Garden Grove puts on plenty of events during this time of year. Right at the start of December, Winter in the Grove delivers plenty of holiday activities the whole family can enjoy. Or you could test your ice skating skills at Westminster ICE.
You can enjoy all the holidays have to offer when you prioritize fire safety while decorating. Here are some ways you can protect your Garden Grove home and avoid an emergency during this special time of year.
In the United States, fire departments report that around 790 house fires spark each year due to poor holiday decorating.
Many of these fires started when decorations were too close to heating sources like fireplaces or space heaters and caught fire. Christmas trees and candles are other fire hazards that might ignite a fire in your home.
If you set up a real tree, keep it watered away from any heating sources or open flames. If you use an artificial tree, check for a label that indicates it’s fire-resistant. Remember to unplug your holiday lights before bed no matter what kind of tree your family decorates.
“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care” is much more than a notable Christmas line! Use it to avoid placing decorations too close to any open flames to prevent creating a fire hazard.
Candle fires are to blame for around 20 house fires each day, so be sure to light them a safe distance from any flammable materials. If you use a fireplace to keep your home warm in the winter, have it cleaned and inspected before lighting that firewood.
It is important to categorize and assess outdoor decorations accurately. Use insulated nails made for harsh weather to fasten your lights firmly to prevent brush fires caused by dropped lights. Observe any local restrictions on outdoor decorations that may be in place in your neighborhood.
Make sure your smoke alarms are in good working condition, and have one installed in every bedroom for added security. Pass this helpful information down to your loved ones and turn to SERVPRO for professional restoration if a fire breaks out in your home over the holidays.
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