6 Ways to Deck The Halls Safely

It’s time to deck the halls and trim the tree! Christmas is on its way, and families everywhere are getting their homes ready for the holidays.  We hope you and your family will enjoy this season to the fullest—while also exercising a little caution. Between 2013 and 2017, fire departments in the United States responded to an average of 160 fires per year that began with Christmas trees.   That’s why we’ve compiled a few tips help you deck the halls safely so you can protect your home and your family this Christmas season.

 

1. Water your tree.

If you use a real Christmas tree this year, make sure you keep plenty of water in its bowl. A dried-out tree is much more prone to catching fire than a well-hydrated one.

 

2. Keep your tree away from heat sources.

Don’t place your tree anywhere near a fireplace, vent, radiator or a heater. You should also keep a fire extinguisher close by in case the branches catch fire.

 

3. Be careful with Christmas lights.

Never use lights with cracked sockets or frayed wires, and always make sure any strands you use outside have been manufactured specifically for outdoor use. You should also turn off any outdoor Christmas lights before going to bed or leaving your home.

 

4. Choose candle placement very carefully.

Put your candles on firm, heat resistant surfaces and away from flammable objects, like greenery or fabric. Make sure they’re also out of reach for children and pets.

 

5. Throw wrapping paper in the trash.

Never try to dispose of your wrapping paper in a fireplace because it will catch fire quickly and burn intensely, becoming a flash fire and a safety hazard.

 

6. Clean your chimney.

Have your chimney inspected and cleaned about once a year to keep it working properly.

 

And before you hang a single wreath, make sure your home insurance is up to date. Then you can sail through the holiday, knowing that you’re covered just in case anything unfortunate does happen to your home this Christmas.