There’s no place like home for the holidays, Safety Tips

There’s no place like home for the holidays. Follow these simple steps to help ensure your holiday is memorable for all the right reasons:

Christmas Trees:

Keep your tree at least 3 feet away from Fireplaces, Radiators and Space heaters.If you have a live tree make sure to check and keep the stand filled with water

Lights and Electrical Decorations:

Overloading electrical outlets can overheat and cause a fire.

Check electrical decoration for frayed sockets, bare or loose wires, They can cause a serious shock or start a fire.

Turn off and unplug all decorations before leaving the house or going to sleep.

ESFI Facts:

Christmas tree and holiday decoration fires result in twice the injuries and five times more fatalities per fire than the average winter holiday fire.

45% of home decoration fires start with candles

On average 260 home fires begin with Christmas trees each year, resulting in 12 deaths, 24 injuries, and $16.4 million in property damage.

Roughly 5,800 people per year are treated in hospital emergency rooms for falls associated with holiday decorations. More than half of these injuries were caused by falls from ladders or roofs