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Holiday Decorating Tips

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that two of every five decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.  Heat sources include fireplaces, space heaters, wood burning stoves, etc. The NFPA shares some helpful holiday decorating tips in this PDF that can help prevent a fire:

  • Choose holiday decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.  
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
  • Check your lights.  Some lights are for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.  Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the 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.

We hope our clients have a safe holiday season!