- November 29, 2016
- Posted by: Aimpro Insurance
- Category: Article Archives
Before you string up the holiday lights, consider these safety tips.
The holiday season is here! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or all three, we’re excited to share in the holiday spirit. It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities, parties, and holiday shopping, so while you’re busy decorating the house, safety may be one of the last things on your mind. Have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season with your friends and family by keeping these safety tips in mind while you deck your halls!
Keep your holiday tree away from heat sources. Place your tree away from fireplaces and heaters, and keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Live trees are highly flammable, due to needles and sap.
Water your live tree. A dry tree catches fire faster than one that has been properly watered. Check the water level every other day to ensure proper hydration. Starting with a green tree is one way to keep it from drying out so quickly.
Fake it. If you buy an artificial tree, make sure it’s labeled “fire resistant.” Fire-resistant trees are less susceptible to catching fire.
Don’t burn wrapping paper in the fireplace. Paper can catch fire very quickly, creating a huge amount of flames. Instead, recycle (or better yet, reuse!) your wrapping paper instead of burning it.
Double-check your lights for safety. Check the strings of lights before you use them. If there are any frayed wires, broken sockets, or loose connections, repair it or replace the set!
Turn it off. Before you go to bed, turn off all of the lights and extinguish the fire.
Secure candles. Keep candles on a sturdy base to prevent tipping, and high enough from prying pets’ paws or tails. Never leave a lit candle unattended.
Beware of poisonous plants. While festive, poinsettias are poisonous when eaten, so keep them out of reach of children and pets.
Happy holidays from our family to yours! Contact Aimpro Insurance for the right insurance solutions for your specific situation and your unique budget. We’re here to serve individuals, families, and businesses in Phoenix and the surrounding Arizona area.