It’s the merrier time of the year and as much as it’s important to enjoy this wonderful time of the year with your family and friends it is also necessary to keep in mind the safety regulation of electricity. Inlightech, offering the best domestic electrical services in Perth is here with insightful tips on holiday fire safety to ensure our community’s safety at home and office.
Did you know that one of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems?
⦁ A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four of Christmas tree fires
⦁ December is the peak time of year for home candle fires
⦁ One-third of all candle fires start in the bedroom
Did you know that old fashioned Christmas celebrations featured wax candles on live tree branches – inside homes! Today we know better, but risks still remain. It is the time of the year where we festoon our houses and offices.
Here are things to put on the safety checklist while decorating indoors :
⦁ Test all lights and cords and replace any faulty products before use
⦁ Hang indoor lights with clips rather than nails to avoid damaging cords
⦁ Never use decorations intended for outdoor use only inside your home
⦁ While burning candles indoors, keep them away from children and always remember to extinguish them before you leave the room or go to sleep
⦁ Place Christmas trees or seasonal plants at least three feet away from any heat source
⦁ Turn off any decorative lights prior to leaving your home or going to sleep
⦁ Never use real candles to light a tree
⦁ water a live tree every day to prevent it from becoming dry and brittle
⦁ When the holiday ends or the tree becomes dry, get rid of it.
⦁ Do not leave a dried-out tree in the garage or near your house, as they are highly combustible
If you think that Fire safety lies only indoors then you’re wrong! People love to show their holiday spirit with outdoor light displays. If you are decorating outside these are the things to keep in mind.
⦁ Use only electrical decorations and extension cords manufactured for outdoor use
⦁ Keep the cords and lights away from snow or standing water
⦁ avoid damage to the cord’s insulation by ensuring it is not pinched in doors or windows or placed under furniture
⦁ when installing outdoor lights, use a ladder made of wood or fibreglass, as metal ladders can conduct electricity
Everybody loves a good holiday feast and let’s be honest no holiday celebration would be complete without a feast, but be sure to take precautions against kitchen fires when you’re cooking and baking.
⦁ Keep children and flammable items such as grocery bags and kitchen towels away from the stove and oven.
⦁ Clean up greasy spills as you go
⦁ If you’re deep-frying a turkey, keep the fryer well away from structures and trees, make sure your turkey is fully thawed, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your fryer.
Nothing takes the chill off winter holidays like the light and heat of a fire on your hearth. Make sure to keep “fuel” – from wrapping paper to rugs to clothing – at least three feet away from the flames. Always use a fire screen to keep embers and logs from escaping. Remember to see if all embers are fully extinguished before you turn in for the night.
It is great to welcome the New Year with Festive Fireworks. People who are fond of New Year celebrations also include fireworks. If you’ll be setting off fireworks at home, choose a location away from buildings and trees. Make sure that your spectators, including children and pets, stay well back. Keep a supply of water or fire extinguisher on standby. If you reside in an area that’s experiencing a drought, consider cancelling the show this year – a stray spark that lands on dry grass or leaves can lead to a wildfire.
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