The holidays are an exciting time of year. We all enjoy gathering with family and friends, decorating our homes and celebrating the season. Unfortunately, the frequency of emergency room visits and home disasters increases during the holidays. We wanted to take some time for some helpful safety tips to keep you and your home safe this holiday season.
Hanging Christmas lights and decorations on your home is a great tradition, but be sure to make sure you follow proper ladder safety while getting your home ready for the holidays.
Keep your ladder on level ground – Always make sure the base of your ladder is placed on level ground. If the feet of the ladder are uneven it can cause the ladder to shift while you are climbing. Even short falls can cause major injury so, be sure you take precaution before you start your climb.
Make sure your ladder is tall enough – The rungs on the ladder should always reach taller than the distance you are climbing. If your ladder is shorter than the distance you are trying to climb the ladder becomes very unstable as you reach the top. For example, if you are climbing onto the roof of your home, the ladder should always clear 3 feet above the gutter line of you house.
You can never be too careful when working on a ladder. Make sure you take the proper precautions to keep yourself safe this holiday season.
Who doesn’t love a good candle or Christmas lights huh? We see a lot of extra lights on houses during the holidays, but the amount of house fires also increases this this time of year.
Watch where you put your candles – Don’t put your candles too close to fabric like your window curtains or bed sheets. Even though the flame isn’t touching the fabric, flammable material can still ignite due to indirect heat. Also make sure the lit candle isn’t too close to the wall.
Don’t leave a candle unattended – A big cause of fires is people leaving candles burning overnight. Make sure that whenever you leave a room all the lights, including the candles, are out.
Holiday decorations can also be fire hazards, so make sure you are diligent about preventing fires in your house. Make sure your lights are on a timer, don’t leave them on overnight or when you leave your home. If possible, use LED lights. LED’s are much less likely to cause fires because they don’t produce heat like incandescent bulbs.
The end of the year is also a great time to double check the batteries in smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. Making sure your safety devices are up to date and in working order is the first step to making sure your home is safe. Keeping a fire extinguisher in the kitchen is also a smart thing to do, but did you know extinguishers can expire? Double check the expiration date on your fire extinguishers to make sure they are ready to use if you need them.
We hope you never have a fire issue in your home, but when you do the clean up process can be a bit overwhelming. Call the pros at SIMMCO to help you get the damage out of your home and back on the path to being safe and sound.