The holidays are fast approaching and for many of us that means gatherings with family and friends. It also signals a season of warming by the fireplace, candles lit around the home, a Christmas tree in the living room and cooking galore! While all of these things sound divine, they can also cause accidental fires that would ruin the holiday season and could potentially be fatal. In order to enjoy the holidays safely, here are a few of Wayne Alarm’s safety tips to staying safe and secure this season and all year long.
Candles – While the flicker of candlelight looks beautiful on a dinner table and around the house, it is best if you follow some simple guidelines to use candles safely.
- Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
- Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
- Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip over easily.
- Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface where children and pets can not accidentally get to them or knock them over.
- Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
- Keep matches away from children and store them safely away after each use. Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle.
Fireplace/Wood Stoves – Fires in a fireplace can be warm and inviting, but they can also be a cause of home fires if not managed safely. Here are a few of our tips this holiday season.
- Have your chimney or stove inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney sweep every fall just before heating season.
- Allow ashes to cool completely before disposing of them. Place ashes in a covered metal container and keep the container at least 10 feet away from the home.
- Keep an eye on children whenever a wood stove or fireplace is being used. Remind them to stay at least 3 feet away.
- Stoves need space. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from the stove.
- Install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
Christmas Trees – Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious and potentially caused by electrical problems in or around the tree. Follow these tree lighting safety rules.
- Never use candles to light a tree.
- Check all string lights for testing laboratory certification and use indoor vs outdoor lights in their proper places.
- Replace all lights that have wires that are frayed or missing bulbs.
- Never go to bed when the tree lights are on.
For more safety tips check out the resources page on the Wayne Alarm website or call Wayne Alarm today to discuss your security needs at Lynn, MA (781) 595-0000 • Nantucket, MA (508) 825-9200.