The warm glow of the fire, the sparkle of Christmas decorations, the smell of fresh baking, what’s not to love about the Holidays? During this time of tidings and joy also comes responsibility to keep your home and family safe during the Christmas season. The number of home accidents increases significantly during December, largely due to fires. Here are things you can do to keep your home safe this Christmas.
For you lucky folks that don’t need to put on the fireplace channel on your TV on Christmas day, precautions should be put in place so you can continue to enjoy your fireplace all winter.
Inspect and clean your chimney at least once a year
Keep decorations far away from your fireplace
Ensure nothing can escape from your fireplace opening and don’t burn items such as paper that can filter through your screen
Never leave your fire unattended and extinguish it before going to bed
Have an appropriate fire alarm that detects slow-smouldering fires
Pine trees are highly flammable and hold risk. Many rental units and condos even ban having real Christmas trees in the building for everyone’s safety. If you’re planning on getting a real tree this year, keep these safety tips in mind:
Keep any heat sources away from your tree
Keep your tree well watered to prevent it from drying out
Check your lights, if chords are frayed throw them away. Also ensure the lights do not get hot when left on
Candles are sometimes overlooked due to their size. However, an incident can have major repercussions. Just like a fireplace, candles should never be left unattended or be burnt close to other items and decorations. Be sure to burn candles on a safe and steady surface with something to catch the wax.
Lights and Decorations
As you take your decorations out of the crawl space, it’s important to inspect their condition. Check for burnt out lights, loose connections, frayed wires, overheating. Also be sure to use decorations appropriate for the conditions. Use outdoor lights outdoors and indoor decorations inside only.
For outdoor decorations, don’t overlook your extension cords condition as well. Never use more than one extension cord and don’t connect more than three light strings together. When hanging up your lights, be sure to point sockets down to avoid moisture from getting in.
The holidays can be a busy time of year, however there are certain safety precautions that you shouldn’t look over as your schedule fills up:
Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they work
Have tenants and home insurance in place
Turn everything off before leaving the house or going to bed
Check your furnace and ventilation and replace the filter as needed
It’s a wonderful time of year to spend with friends and family. We hope you stay safe this holiday season and from all of us at BSI Insurance, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.