Preventing Fire Damage this Christmas Season

  christmas blog   ' Tis the season to be jolly!   I'm sure that most of us can agree that Christ mas is the best time of the year! Christmas trees, beautiful ornaments, houses all around town shining with lights, poinsettias on the front porch and of course a good Christmas meal. It is such a wonderful time of year that sometimes we can be so caught up in the moment that we forget some of the most important fire safety precautions. Did you know that U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 210 home fires per year that  began with Christmas tree fires in 2009-2013? Unfortunately, Christmas trees can be a huge fire hazard so it is up to you to take the correct precautions to ensure that you and your family can have safe  and fire-free holiday! Complete is here to help you this holiday season! Before you start your decorating this year, please take a minute to check out these valuable tips!
  • Before you start hanging up lights on your house, inspect them thoroughly to make sure that they are working properly and don't have any loose connections or eroded ends. If you do notice a light bulb out, replace them right away!
  • Try not to overload your homes electrical circuits. This can be very dangerous and can cause a fire !
  • To prevent getting electrocuted, use insulated hooks to hang up lights instead of nails or screws.  
  • Always  make sure to turn off your Christmas lights  before leaving your home or going to bed.
  • Make sure  that the lights you are using outside are labeled "outside lights" and the lights you are using inside are labeled "inside lights".
  • Never  place your Christmas tree anywhere near a heat source.  Especially a fire place.
  • Christmas trees always  look better wrapped in lights, but please  do not overload it with them. This can cause your circuits to overload which can lead to a fire.
  • Keeping in mind that your home could possibly suffer from a fire, take precautions and make sure that all exits are clear and your Christmas tree or any other decorations are not blocking any pathways.
  • Natural Christmas trees have a much higher risk for catching fire. If you use an artificial tree, make sure that it is flame retardant.
Let's face it, we are all so busy this time of the year. We have last minute gift shopping, Christmas parades, work parties, family gatherings and all kinds of different activities to do in such a short amount of time. It is too easy to forget that simple decorations and an innocent little (or big) Christmas tree could start such a huge tragedy. You could be hanging up the Christmas lights outside with your son and maybe he wasn't aware that you cannot overload the circuits. He plugged one too many light strands in and BOOM , an electrical fire has started. It is so important to educate not only yourself, but your family as well.If you experience fire damage in your  home, call Complete 24/7. Our technicians work around the clock and are always fully prepared in uniforms and clearly marked Complete vans. Our technicians are always professional and presentable! If you experience fire damage, please contact our full service location on Davis Highway by calling 850-CALL-DKI or 850-225-5354. Complete  wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! *REMEMBER... Christmas is the time to kindle a fire in the heart, not in your home!

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