Its that time of year again. As the photo above indicates this is also the time of year we see an increase in the number of falls. While the photo is actually a gag with a dummy, falls do increase this time of year. If you have to out-do all the neighbors, please be safe about it. If its too high to access safely, hire a professional or rent a cherry picker.
Along with the increased traffic due to holiday shopping and travel come increased traffic accidents. Please be careful as you travel, but rest assured you have highly trained staff available 24 hours a day to assist you should you need us.
As you have fires in your indoor fireplaces and fire pits on the back porch please be careful of embers. Though we’ve had a lot of rain recently, we’re almost always at some level of risk for wildfire. Structure fires increase this time of year too, due to faulty or dirty chimneys, problems with central heating systems, and overloading electrical outlets due to holiday lighting. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is asking us all to put a Freeze on Winter Fires. You can find lots of helpful information here. Be sure that if you forgot to change your batteries during Fall Back time change that you do it now before the height of the indoor fire season!
Tips to prevent Christmas tree fires
For many, Christmas decorating begins almost as soon as the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers are gone. While decking the halls, keep in mind that live Christmas trees can pose a serious fire risk if safety precautions are not followed.
Make your family’s holiday safe by following these Christmas tree safety tips:
- Do not purchase a tree that is dry or dropping needles. Check for fresh, green needles.
- Place your tree in a sturdy tree stand designed not to tip over, and check the tree daily to make sure it has water in its stand. (Dry trees are highly flammable.)
- Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, such as fireplaces and radiators. Place the tree near an outlet, so that cords are not running long distances.
- Always use lights that are Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved. Some lights are designed only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both. Larger tree lights should also have some type of reflector rather than a bare bulb.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use tree lights. Do not use strings of lights with worn, frayed or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
- Connect no more than three strands of push-in bulbs and a maximum of 50 screw-in bulbs.
- Always unplug Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
- Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards.
- Never use lit candles to decorate a tree, and make sure any lit candles in the room are placed well away from tree branches and flammable items.
- Children are fascinated by Christmas trees. Keep a watchful eye on them when around the tree, and do not let them play with the wiring or lights. Store matches and lighters up high and out of reach.
- Safely dispose of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Do not leave dry trees in a house or garage or placed against the house.