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Christmas Tree Safety: How will you treat your tree?

12/13/2016 (Permalink)

General Christmas Tree Safety: How will you treat your tree? Pine needles

Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.

Following these safety tips may prevent a hazardous situation.

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles.
  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least 3 ft away from any heat source.
  • Make sure the tree isn’t blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand daily.
  • Use the right lights. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Get rid of the tree after the Holidays. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program.


*Source: nfpa.org

Rest & Relaxation

4/12/2016 (Permalink)

General Rest & Relaxation Sunglasses in sand

Whenever we go on vacation, we take measures to ensure that our home will be safe to return to. Here are a few home safety tips you might not know & why they are important.

  •  When leaving on vacation, shut the water valve to Ice Maker line on refrigerator.

Why? Plastic piping can wear at contact points especially if threaded through cabinets or flooring. When these lines burst, they do not pour as much water out as a washing machine line, but certainly cause major damage if they are left unchecked for days.

  •  Never leave your Dishwasher running if you leave the house

Why? Dishwasher fires cause thousands of dollars in damage each year.

  • Put any stored items in basement up on shelving, bocks or pallets (3” elevation min.)

Why? Should your basement flood for any reason, your possessions will be somewhat protected if they are up off the floor. Storing your items in plastic totes is for additional protection is also helpful.