HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOLIDAYS SAFER!
In this season of the year, everyone has tuned their mood to the music and the ambience of joy and relief. Indeed, this is the best time for us to unwind and reward ourselves with leisure after a yearlong of hard work.
It’s Christmas, we all wanted to catch ourselves some breath and prepare for new year.
However, these indulgences have lead us to complacency that might ruined our holidays. As everyone gets busier during the holiday season, we can become rushed or distracted and that’s when home fires are more likely to occur.
With a little added awareness and some minor adjustments to holiday cooking and decorating, the season can remain festive and safe for everybody.
Here are some tips that could keep your home safe.
- If you have an artificial tree, be sure it’s labeled, certified or identified by the manufacturer as fire – retardant.
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit, and is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, candle s and heat vents or lights.
- Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory, and make sure you know whether they are designed for indoor or outdoor use.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords, or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini – string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw – in bulbs.
- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving the home or going to bed.
- Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.
Unattended cooking is also one of the leading cause to one of the most popular fire cause, kitchen fire! Please stay in the kitchen while you’re making delicacies. Most cooking fires involve the stovetop, so keep anything that can catch fire away from it, and turn off the stove when you leave the kitchen, even if it’s for a short period of time. If you’re simmering, boiling, baking or roasting food, check it regularly and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
Christmas is a time for thinking for others!
Sometimes, regardless of all the safety measures, fire can still happen by making it ways through things we overlooked, and that often lead to dire consequences. A fire that happens in places we least expected.
Keep a fire extinguisher at home and place it within reach.
Most importantly, it gives you a peace of mind, peace is a valuable gift you could give to yourself and your loved ones.
We wish you a Safe and Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!