Christmas tree lights twinkling, candles glowing, fireplace crackling, alcohol flowing—it’s the happiest time of the year. But, between 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an annual average of 860 home structure fires that began with holiday decorations, and another 210 fires were started by Christmas trees, according the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
We wish you all a wonderful holiday season, but please take a minute to review these holiday safety tips too:
Infographic - Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)
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Here’s links to a collection of some of our other blog posts about SAFETY:
• Why is it important to use "cabinet screws" to mount the upper cabinets in the kitchen?
• Is the door between an attached garage and the house required to have a closer (self-closing device)?
• Can the smoke sensors in a home security/fire alarm system replace the smoke alarms required by the building code?
• Should I get a lightning rod system to protect my house?
• What are the "Aging In Place" features to look for when buying a retirement home?
• What is aging in place?
• How do I safely remove a dead rodent (rat, mouse or squirrel) from the attic?
• Does pushing the test button on a smoke alarm test the smoke sensor device inside?
• What is the minimum height of a ceiling fan above the floor?
• Should a smoke alarm be installed in the kitchen?
• Why is a double cylinder deadbolt lock on an exterior door a safety hazard?
• Why are rubber washing machine hoses a safety risk?
• What can I do to avoid kitchen accidents and injuries?
• Where are smoke alarms required to be located?
• Are carbon monoxide alarms required to be installed in homes in Florida?
• Are old vinyl tile floors dangerous?
• How can I use safety checks to limit my tenant liability for a rental house?
• Do you inspect for trip hazards around the home?
• When should I replace my smoke alarms?
• Why is an anti-tip device now required behind the range?
• What are the hazards to avoid when going into an attic?
• What are the warning signs of a dangerous deck?
Visit our SAFETY page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.