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4 Common Holiday Fire Hazards

With holidays just around the corner, it’s important to be aware of any potential fire hazards that could ruin your celebration. We are often so wrapped up in the company of family and friends that we forget to pay attention to any warning signs around us. Here are a few different things to look out for this holiday season to reduce your risk of experiencing a fire.

1. Christmas tree. Christmas trees are a big part of any Christmas celebration, but it’s important to be aware of its placement in your home. If you choose to decorate with a real tree, it can be a potential fire hazard if it’s placed by a heat source. Trees dry out over time, making them more susceptible to catching fire. Make sure your tree is far away from any fireplaces, heaters, or candles to prevent any problems. After the holidays, make sure to dispose of your tree and soon as possible to remove the fire hazard from your home.

2. String lights. String lights are beautiful and frequently used to decorate during the holidays. When purchasing your lights, make sure the packaging verifies they were tested for safe use indoors. If the cord becomes worn of broken, or if the bulbs break, be sure to purchase a new set. Lights are responsible for 1/3 Christmas tree fires, and it’s important to monitor their condition over time.

3. Cooking appliances. The holidays are a big time of the year for entertaining and a lot of time is spent in the kitchen. There is a big potential for a kitchen fire to occur when food is cooking and left unattended. Always make sure someone is tending to the food, and never leave any flammable materials next to your cooktop.

4. Candles. One of the most popular decorations this time of the year is candles. If you plan to decorate with them, it’s important to make sure they are placed in an area where they can’t be knocked over. Always make sure to keep flammable materials far away from them, and keep them out of reach of children.

Don’t forget to check your smoke alarm this holiday season, and replace the batteries if needed. Everyone at Taylored Restoration wishes you a safe and happy holiday!

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