Whether you are dreaming of a white Christmas, rockin’ around the Christmas tree, enjoying the eggnog, or just absorbing the glow of the holiday season, we want to make sure that you and your families are as safe as possible during the most wonderful time of the year.
Each year fires occurring during the holiday season injure 2,600 individuals and cause over $930 million in damage, according to the United States Fire Administration.
Here are some suggestions to help prevent injury to yourself and prevent fire at your house (don’t want to have a claim on your homeowners’ policy right before the holidays!):
- Many artificial trees are fire-resistive. Check the label before buying.
- If you buy a real tree, make sure it is fresh. Older, drier trees are more likely to catch fire.
- Make sure the tree is not near any heat source – fireplace, heaters or heat vents, candles, or lights.
- Turn the lights off at night.
- Make sure your smoke detectors are working and have fresh batteries.
Most importantly, have a very Merry Christmas!