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5 Holiday Fire Safety Tips

Christmas SafetyThe holidays are a time for celebration, but they can also be a time for fires. Right about now people are starting to get their decorating done, so we thought we’d take just a few moments to go over some safety tips.

After all, you can’t have a happy holiday if someone is in the hospital, or if you’ve lost your home to fire.

Use Artificial Candles

So much can go wrong with real candles, and now there are electric candles that look like the real thing. You can get the scents from pouporri or air fresheners, too.

Many, many people forget to blow out their candles before bed. Many people step away only to find a pet has knocked down the candles later. Electrical candles are just safer.

Use a Fire Resistant Artificial Tree

Natural Christmas trees can be dangerous. You’d be surprised just how fast one can go up when it dries out.

Artificial trees don’t need to be replaced year after year. Just make sure the fire resistant label is on your tree.

Want that pine smell? Hang pine buntings instead, and keep the lights off of them. That way, you get the best of both worlds.

Check Your Lights

You should always check your Christmas lights before using them. Make sure they don’t have any broken bulbs, cracked sockets, bare wires or loose connections.

Check their rating too. You don’t want to use indoor bulbs outside.

Use GFCI Switches For Outdoor Lights

You should never plug outdoor lights into a regular light sockets. You want a GFCI switch which will shut them down if there’s a moisture problem.

Most homes already have external GFCI switches. If yours doesn’t, you’ll need to call an electrician to install one. It’s usually not crazy expensive, and it could save your life.

Get Monitored Fire Protection

Our monitored smoke detectors are hard wired and are combined with heat detectors so that you can be absolutely certain that they will go off in the event of a fire. They will also alert our monitoring centers so that we might call the fire department on your behalf.

That means you have time to get yourself and your family out in the event that something does go wrong.

Everyone here at JSB wants you to enjoy a happy, safe holiday season. Be careful out there!

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