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Safety Tips

Tips for a Safe Holiday Season

Decorations and Lights

  • Check all your illuminated decorations to make sure they are in good condition.
    • Light strands that have frayed or cracked wires should be thrown away and replaced with UL approved devices.
  • Do not place indoor cords under carpets or throw rugs.
  • Outside lights should be approved for outdoor use. Never use indoor lights outside.
  • Never use more than the listed amount of light sets per extension cord.
    • Read the manufacturer's instructions carefully and do not use more than the number of light sets recommended in one circuit.
  • Never use electric lights on a metallic tree.
  • Always turn off decorative lights when leaving your home.


  • Artificial trees should have a listing label. Some unlabeled plastic trees can burn extremely fast.
  • If using a live tree, keep it watered frequently.
    • The needles should not come off in your hand.
    • The tree should be deep green in color and the trunk should be sticky with sap.
  • Place your tree away from heat sources like fire places.


  • When using candles, always make sure candles are not close to combustible materials such as curtains.
  • Make sure all candles are out before leaving the house.


  • Make sure your fireplace is in good working order and the chimney is free from creosote build-up.
  • Christmas wrappings and tree branches should not be burned in the fireplace.
    • Their intense and rapid burning can cause chimney fires and flames to extend out of the firebox into your home.

Space Heaters

  • Never use heaters around water. Water increases the chances of electric shock.
  • Unplug your heater when it is not in use.
  • Don't use your heater as a dryer.
  • Keep clothing and other combustible materials at least 3 feet from your heater.
  • Don't place a heater in a doorway, hall or walkway where it's likely to get bumped.
  • Don't' leave space heaters unattended.

Smoke Alarms

  • As always, check your smoke alarms and make sure they are in good working order.
  • Change your batteries twice a year.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.