Holiday Season Fire Prevention & Safety Tips
Holiday Season Fire Prevention

Holiday Season Fire Prevention & Safety Tips

From walking a customer through the restoration process, to talking with insurance agents and claims adjusters, to cleaning up water/debris and rebuilding damaged areas, ServiceMaster Restore handles all the details with its complete customer care process. 

Between 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 15 injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage annually.  Winter holidays should not be spent in disaster recovery, but instead as time for families and friends to get together.   Following a few simple tips provided by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) and ServiceMaster will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.

Holiday Decorating Fire Safety Tips

• 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.

Holiday Entertaining Fire Safety Tips

• Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.

 • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.

• Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.

• Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stove-top.

• Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.

• Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.

The holidays should be a time for celebration and happiness, not for tragedy and loss.  If you or someone you know experiences a disaster, the experts at ServiceMaster DCS are available 24/7/365,  and we work to get the job done right and stay by your side until you’re fully satisfied with the results. Call 1-773-RESTORE