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Safety Tips For A Happy Holiday

November 22, 2011

Thanks to everyone who stopped by last week at the Golden Chamber of Commerce Holiday Business Expo. We enjoyed meeting you.

Last week I mentioned that I would be writing about employment practices liability but with Thanksgiving just a few days away, this topic seems completely out of place. Since we are at the start of the holiday season, a few words about holiday fire safety is more appropriate.

According to the United States Fire Administration, holiday fires claim the lives of over 400 people and injure another 1,650. Here are a few tips from their web site:

Caring for Your Tree — Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.

Do Not Overload Electrical Outlets — Do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Make sure to periodically check the wires – they should not be warm to the touch.

Do Not Leave Holiday Lights on Unattended.

Never Put Wrapping Paper in a Fireplace — It can result in a very large fire, throwing off dangerous sparks and embers and may result in a chimney fire.

Artificial Christmas Trees —If you are using a metallic or artificial tree, make sure it is flame retardant.

Avoid Using Lit Candles — If you do use them, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Never leave the house with candles burning.

All of us here at Avanti Insurance Services wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.

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