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Holiday Safety

Decorating

  • Choose flame-resistant or flame-retardant holiday decorations.

  • Keep lit candles away from decorations.

  • Use lights that have an independent testing laboratory label. Some are only for indoor or outdoor use – not both.

  • Replace any light strings with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.

 

Entertaining

  • Keep an eye on the range. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S.

  • Keep matches and lighters out of sight and reach of children (preferably in a locked cabinet).

 

Fireplaces

  • Before lighting a fire, remove all greens, boughs, papers and other decorations from fireplace area and check to see that the flue is open.

  • Never burn wrapping paper in the fireplace. It can start flash fires.

  • Place a screen around your fireplace to prevent sparks from igniting anything nearby.

 

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