Picking up from where we left off in 8 Winter and Holiday Safety Tips for the Workplace and Home (Pt. 1), here, we will continue pointing out some essential holiday safety tips to share with your colleagues and family members.
More Holiday Safety Tips
Tip 3 – Take care of Christmas trees.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that, each year, fire departments in the U.S. respond to about 230 home fires caused by Christmas trees. Approximately 1 out of every 3 of these Christmas tree fires is related to electrical failures or malfunctions.
What this means is that knowing how to set up, safely decorate and properly maintain Christmas trees indoors can go a long way to preventing fires, saving lives and having a safe holiday this (and every) year.
To that end, here are some general Christmas tree holiday safety tips to keep in mind, share and follow:
- Set up Christmas trees at least 3 feet away from any heat source (like, for example, fireplaces, heaters and radiators) and not in front of an exit.
- Put water in the tree stand and make sure that water is added to it daily.
- Do not put Christmas lights with frayed cord on Christmas trees.
- Never decorate Christmas trees with candles, and always turn off Christmas lights at the end of the day (i.e., when leaving work for the evening or, at home, when going to bed for the evening).
Tip 4 – Do not overload electrical circuits.
Many Christmas decorations need to be plugged in, and when adding these plugs to circuits that are already supporting your other daily electrical needs at home or work, make sure that you do not overload any one circuit. Overloading circuits can lead to dangerous electrical fires. Should these fires break out, the results can be devastating, particularly if they start on trees, near presents, etc.
Tip 5 – Be attentive to where Christmas decorations are placed indoors.
Just as Christmas trees should be placed away from heat sources, so too should all other Christmas decorations, such as Nativity scenes, stockings, lights and presents. Heat sources to be aware of in your workplace and/or home can include (but may not necessarily be limited to):
- Indoor heaters
Don’t miss the upcoming conclusion to this blog series!
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