'Tis The Season For House Fires

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 December is the leading month for house fires. Protect your home and family with these helpful tips when decorating the home for Christmas.

Lighting Safety

  • Replace strings of lights with worn or broken cords.
  • Always turn off the Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
  • Do not "chain" multiple outlet plugs together. These types of extension cords must be plugged directly into the wall.

Related: The Power of Electricity

Christmas Tree Safety

  • Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet from any heat source such as portable heaters, heating vents, decorative candles and fire places.
  • Water your tree daily- a dry tree burns significantly quicker than a fresh tree.
  • An obvious but important tip none the same- Never use real candles in your tree.

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