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Winter And Holiday Safety Tips For Homeowners

January 21, 2015 Hastings and Hastings

Winter And Holiday Safety Tips For Homeowners

As the winter holidays approach it becomes increasingly important to be aware of a few key safety tips that can keep homeowners and family members safe and free from injury. For example, when purchasing an artificial tree it is always a good idea to purchase one that is fire resistant. While a “fire resistant” rating does not guarantee that a tree will not burn, it does indicate that a tree will resist burning and it will be far easier to extinguish a fire.

Reducing The Chances Of A Potential Fire

Those purchasing a live tree should always check to ensure that the tree is fresh and green. The needles should be hard to pull from its branches and must not be brittle or dry. This is a basic consideration in order to reduce the chances of a potential fire during the holidays. Equally important is to avoid placing a live tree near a radiator or fireplace when choosing a location. Homeowners should also note that when a tree is placed in a heated room that it could likely dry out more quickly.

Exercising Electrical Safety

When a tree is placed in a room where there is a direct heat source, it is a good idea to ensure that the tree stand always remains full of water. This is an easy way of reducing the chances of the potential home fire. As an added note, homeowners can increase safety by ensuring that a tree is placed in such a way that it does not block doorways and does not interfere with regular household traffic. Taking these general precautions along with exercising electrical safety precautions can make the holidays more enjoyable and less hazardous.

Broken Or Defective Elements Of A Lighting Set

When it comes to holiday lights it is always a good idea to only purchase lights that have been tested and labeled as safe by a recognized and trusted testing organization. This information should be clearly marked and labeled on the packaging or box of holiday lights. Lights should be carefully inspected prior to being used during the holidays. Homeowners should look for cracked sockets, bare wires, frayed wires, or other broken or defective elements of a lighting set. This is another way to improve overall safety. Contact Hastings and Hastings today to learn more about Tempe Arizona personal injury legal representation.