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Holiday Safety Tips (part 2)

Holiday Safety Tips

With the Holiday Season upon us, On The Level Home Inspections wanted to share some basic Holiday tips. We have broken this into 2 articles. This one concerns tree, lighting, and decorations. The previous article concerns cooking (including safety tips for deep frying that turkey), fireplace safety and security. We want to wish you all a Very Happy & Safe Holiday Season.

Christmas Trees
Artificial- If you are buying an artificial tree, look to make sure that it is labeled “Fire Resistant”. If you purchase a metal tree, Do Not use electrical lights. The tree can become electrified and someone can get electrocuted.

Fresh- For fresh trees, freshness is the key. When choosing that perfect tree look for missing/brown needles. Gently run your hand along a branch to see how many needles come off. When an excessive amount of needles fall off, the tree is drying out and will be more prone to fire. If the tree is pre-cut, check the base of the trunk. It should be sticky with resin. Tap the tree up and down a few times and see how many needles come off. When you get your tree home, cut 1 to 2 inches off the bottom of the trunk just prior to putting it in your stand. This will help ensure that your tree will be able to start soaking up some water. It also helps to keep the tree level in your stand. Keep the tree at least 3 feet from fireplaces or heat sources. Also keep the tree away from foot traffic and blocking doorways. Top off the water level every day. This will help ensure your tree doesn’t dry out and help it look great throughout the Holiday Season.
Lightning and Decorations

Lightning-

Decorations-


Candles

Candles start almost half of all home fires related to decorations. Minimize your risk with these candle safety tips.


We hope that you found this information useful. Please feel free to share with your friends and families. If you have any questions regarding this article, please feel free to email On The Level Home Inspections or call 609-607-0485. If you have any suggestions for future articles, or you would like to comment on this one, please let us know. If you or anyone you know is in need of a home inspection, please keep us in mind.

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On The Level Home Inspections
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