Lee Company is right there with Santa. We want your home to be merry and bright, your family safe and warm. And we can help! We’re happy to provide a few tips that can help you avoid issues with Christmas trees and decorations. It’s a real concern. On average, there are more than 200 holiday-related fires each year, claiming lives, causing injuries, and destroying millions of dollars in property.
As a first step, check your smoke detectors and CO sensors, and replace batteries if needed. In the case of a problem, these devices can save lives. Of course, we want you to prevent any problem from happening. The following tips will help you wrap up a safe holiday season:
- Real trees are really beautiful. But they do require extra care! Make sure someone is responsible for watering the tree regularly, especially right after it’s set up. Check the water level daily. A dry tree covered with electrical lights can be a dangerous combination.
- After the holidays, recycle the tree promptly. Even with the ornaments and lights removed, a dry tree can serve as unwanted kindling.
- If your holiday traditions include lights the folks used to hang, make sure the cords are still in good shape. Old, brittle, frayed and light-duty lamp cords can be dangerous. And when you put the lights away, check the cords again! You may need new lights next year.
- If you are using an extension cord, make sure you have a certified cord that is long enough to reach where you need it to go. Connecting one extension cord with another is a bad idea. Don’t do it.
- Make sure the cords are visible and keep them out of high-traffic areas.
- Resist the urge to staple the cord to the baseboard. Doing that can damage the insulation.
- Don’t use outdoor lights inside. Or vice versa.
- If you’re burning candles, use extra care. Keep them away from combustible materials, such as trees, wreaths and wrapping paper. If you’re planning a party – or expect a crowd – consider where you’ve placed the candles. If they’re likely to be knocked over, move them before your guests arrive!
- Don’t leave a candle burning if you’re not in the room. If you’re leaving the house – even for a moment – blow the candles out. And never, never, never go to sleep with candles burning.
After the holidays …
We know how much work goes into decorating your beautiful home! However, those decorations aren’t designed for year-round use – outdoor Christmas lights aren’t built to handle continual exposure to the elements. Remember that our team is readily available to help with the setup of your Christmas lights and can answer your safety related questions.