Preventing Fire Damage this Christmas Season
' 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
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
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!