Holiday season is upon us, let the festivities begin! For some the holiday season bring on feelings of hustle and bustle, some relaxation and family time, some merry music and great food and for most, it’s a wonderful combination of them all!
In order to keep your holidays merry and bright this year there are some safety tips you should be careful to uphold, especially with all the extra action in the kitchen, seasonal home decorations and additional electronics around the house. Here’s a list of our top ten holiday safety tips:
- Make sure that your light strings, electric decorations, extension cords, and other electronic devises comply with safety and performance standards. Check for certification marks from accredited organizations such as CSA International, UL, or ELT.
- Check your light strings carefully for loose connections, frayed cords or cracked light bulb holders. If bulbs need to be replaced, unplug the light strings to switch them and check that the voltage and wattage of your new bulb matches the original one.
- Never connect extension cords, use one extension cord that is long enough to connect your appliance to your outlet.
- For outdoor decorations make sure your electric cords are elevated. Keep cords away from the ground and metal rain gutters.
- If you need a ladder to hang decorations, indoors or outdoors, be sure your ladder is stable and check for certification marks to ensure it complies with safety standards.
- Avoid the electricity rush hour and set your outdoor holiday lights to turn on after 7 pm.
- Turn off your holiday lights when you go to bed or leave your home.
- Test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your house. Replace batteries if needed.
- If you plan to use a gas fireplace check the glass for cracks. If the glass is broken or has been removed have a qualified professional replace it.
- Have a professional heating contractor check your furnace and ventilation systems. Clean and replace furnace filters regularly to reduce carbon monoxide dangers.
Happy holidays from LMR public adjusters!