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December Safety Tips: Holiday Decorating and Heating Safety

Holiday Decorating

* Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.

*Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.

* Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.

* Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect.

* Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.

* Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

*Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.

Heating Safety

Space Heater:

  • Keep anything that can burn, such as bedding, clothing and curtains, at least 3 feet away from the heater.
  • Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off, so if it tips over, it shuts off.
  • Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
  • Plug portable heaters directly into outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip.
  • Only use portable heaters from a recognized testing laboratory.

Fire Place

  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks jumping out.
  • Do not burn paper in your fireplace.
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least 3 feet from your home.

Wood Stove

  • Make sure your wood stove is 3 feet from anything that can burn.
  • Do not burn paper in your wood stove.
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional.

Furnace:

  • Have your furnace inspected each year.
  • Keep anything that can burn away from the furnace.

Kerosene Heater:

  • Only use kerosene heaters from a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off.
  • Refuel your cooled heater outside.