Safety is the condition of a “steady state” of an organization or a place doing what it is supposed to do. Home is supposed to be a space where peace, Love and a sense of shelter and sanctuary. The Holiday Season is prompt with fire-related accident because of the nature of the celebration that calls for candles, lights and dry Christmas trees. While no one can ensure a total state of protection and danger-free, there are a few basic tips in the form of safety items that one may have at hand and use on site to limit damage.
Being pro-active is a small decision that can save lives. Here are 5 smart moves to help you feel at peace with your Holiday Celebrations.
Own A Fire Extinguisher
To protect your home with a fire extinguisher is the most basic step you can take to ensure that your home has a first response equipment in case of fire. According to multiple surveys, each year, fires occurring the holiday season claim the lives of more than 400 Americans, injure 1650 more and cause over $900 millions in damage. A home fire extinguisher can be a life saver.
Check your smoke alarm
Make sure that your smoke alarm system is well functioning. Smoke alarms are the first lines of defense against smoke and fire. An early warning of a fire gives a chance for those asleep to awaken and escape. Check the batteries and ensure that they are working.
Christmas Tree precautions
- Dryness is one of the cause for a natural tree to catch on fire if a short circuit occurs with the decorating lights. Well-watered trees are not a problem while dry ones can be.
- Keep your Christmas tree at least 3 feet away from your fire place from any heat source (Fire place, heaters, furnaces or else).
- Ensure its stability.
- Never block an entry with a Christmas tree.
Christmas Lights advises
- Check your christmas lights for a possible wire-damage
- Systematically turn off lights when away from the home or going to sleep
- Ensure that the electrical outlets where the lights are plugged are safe
- Do not stretch an extension cord in the middle of a frequented walkway. Keep cord along walls.
- Limit the use of the candles especially around the Christmas tree and control that the candles are always fully extinguished if the room is unattended.