‘Tis the season for safety

We know that it’s time to get into the holiday spirit with Thanksgiving and Christmas approaching. Whether you are decorating your office or your home, keep in mind these important safety tips.

Fire Safety In the Home

• Make sure your home heating system is in good working order before the cold weather sets in.
• Have chimneys cleaned and furnaces inspected.
• Use a fireplace screen to keep sparks from flying out of the fireplace.
• Allow at least three feet of empty area around space heaters.
• Never leave a burning fire unattended.
• Make sure a fire in a fireplace is completely out before going to bed.
• Never leave candles burning if you go out or go to sleep, keep them insight while lit and to have them a safe distance from flammable objects such as trees, decorations and curtains.
• Never use your stove or oven to heat your home.

Decorating Tips:

• Be mindful of potential fire hazards. If you are putting up an artificial tree, look for a tree that is fire retardant.
• At work: Remember that you cannot have an open flame in any building so leave the candles for at home.
• If you use a live tree for decoration, keep it well hydrated to help prevent it catching fire. Here is a video on how quickly a Christmas tree fire can destroy a room. http://youtu.be/o2dNN2waoSw
• When picking out a live tree look for the following to ensure it’s a fresh: Needles are hard to pick off and do not break when bent; The trunk of the tree is sticky with sap and not dried out; If you hit the tree trunk on the ground very little needles come off
• When purchasing string lights, make sure they have the UL rating.
• If you are using lights outdoors, check that they are intended for outdoor use on the box.
• Check for broken bulbs or frayed wires on every string of lights (new or used) that you intend to hang up. Discard damaged strands.

Happy Holidays

Hollie Fulsom
Safety Management Specialist