Holiday Safety Tips

Uploaded by CentralInsurance on 27.11.2012

Candles, lights and decorations are an essential part of the holiday season, but they also
increase the risk of fire and injury. Here are some tips from the Insurance Information
Institute to help you have a safe holiday season.
Pick out a freshly cut Christmas tree. Trim at least one inch from the bottom of the tree
to allow it to easily absorb water. Place the tree in a secure stand designed to hold
the weight of the tree and check the water level often.
If you buy an artificial tree, make sure that it’s made of fire resistant material.
Never place your tree near a heat source such as a fireplace or a radiator and be sure to
keep all open flames such as candles and matches away from your tree.
Dispose of the tree when it becomes dry or when the needles begin to fall off. Never
burn an old tree; take it to a recycling center or have it removed by a community pick-up
service instead.
Do not overload electrical sockets and always unplug holiday lights when no one is home
or when you go to bed.
Use only Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved lights.
Inspect old light strands for any cracks, frayed edges or bare spots and throw out damaged
Never use indoor lights outside. Remove outdoor lighting as soon as the season is over as
even specially created outdoor decorations are not designed to withstand prolonged exposure
to the elements.
Don't block exit paths or fire escapes with Christmas trees or other decorations.
Place all ornaments and candles out of reach of small children and pets. Small or breakable
ornaments can be easily knocked down and result in cuts or choking. Curious children and playful
pets can topple a tree in seconds.
Check candles frequently to make sure they do not burn down too far or drip hot wax.
Keep them away from decorations and other combustible materials.
Never leave a burning candle unattended!
Give you family the priceless gift of safety this holiday season. Happy Holidays from all
of us at the Central Insurance Companies.