Are you sprucing up your home this season? Keep your house and family merry and bright this season with these 12 holiday home safety tips.
12 Holiday Home Safety Tips
- Carefully inspect electrical decorations for damage before use. Discard any with frayed cords, cracked lamp holders, or loose connections.
- Avoid overloading electrical outlets and plug only one high-wattage appliance into each outlet at a time. Also, never connect more than one extension cord.
- Never connect more than three strands of incandescent lights at a time. They may blow a fuse, or worse, start a fire.
- Are you buying a real tree this year? Fresh is best. We recommend purchasing a freshly cut tree, as they are more resistant to ignition. Also, replenish water daily. Dry trees are a serious fire hazard.
- Use battery-operated candles. Candles start almost half of home decoration fires.
- Keep combustibles at least three feet from heat sources.
- When hanging outdoor lights, keep electrical connectors off the ground and away from metal rain gutters. Use insulated tape or plastic clips instead of metal nails or tacks to hold them in place.
- Check decorations for the certification label from an accredited certification organization such as CSA International, UL, or ELT to ensure that the products comply with applicable standards for safety and performance.
- Always turn off holiday lights when you leave the house unattended or when going to bed. You can use an outdoor timer certified by CSA International to help you avoid leaving them on all night.
- Test your smoke alarms monthly to ensure they work. You should have a smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas. Here’s how to test your smoke alarm.
- Do not use your gas fireplace if the glass panel is removed, cracked, or broken, and only allow a qualified service professional to replace fireplace parts.
- To prevent carbon monoxide hazards in your home, have a qualified heat and air service professional perform a maintenance check on your furnace and venting system. Also, clean or replace your furnace filter frequently during the heating season.
Winter HVAC Maintenance
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