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Home Safety Tips


Summary: These home safety tips will help prevent unnecessary problems for you and your family.

Home Safety Tips for you and your family.

  • Test every Smoke Detector and replace the batteries as needed.
    Install Smoke Detectors in required areas [link to smoke detector page]

  • Examine light strings every year. Throw away any strands that show signs of wear.

  • Fasten bulbs securely and point the sockets down to avoid moisture build up.

  • Follow the directions that come with lighting decorations.

  • Avoid overloading wall outlets and extension cords. Use a UL-Listed Plug Strip that has Overload Circuit Protection.

  • Unplug light strands before replacing any bulbs. Review the original package to verify proper wattage and voltage.

  • Replace light strand fuses with the same exact rated fuse. Consult the specifications. Do not exceed the allowed number of connected strands.

  • Never use electric lights or decorative ornaments on a metallic tree. Consider using colored spotlights instead.

  • Consider the kitchen table as a location when using a candle. Use a sturdy, heatproof container away from anything combustible including flower arrangements. Never leave a candle burning alone and never leave children alone with candles or matches. Candles can start fires and the hot wax can burn skin. If you ever get a burn use Aloe Vera gel, it works wonders!  * Adult Note: Be extra careful when mixing romance and candles, I’ve rewired a home that was totally destroyed due to an unstable candle on a nightstand. Have fun but be Safe!

  • Dispose of fireplace ashes into a metal container with a lid until cold and place the container on bricks or on a heatproof surface. It could take several hours for coals to go out. Christmas vacations have been ruined when guests put ashes in a grocery bag and placed the bag on a wood deck which caught the deck on fire and the burned the home.

  • After parties, check around and under sofa and chair cushions for smoldering cigarettes. (Provide lots of good size ash trays for those who need a smoke.)
    Carbon Monoxide Detectors will help alert you and your family and are recommended for your home. [link to page]

  • Have at least one operable Fire Extinguisher readily available.


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