12 Tips for a Holiday Home Safety

Holidays decorations involves numerous of lighting, candles and garlands that having young children around could be hazardous at some point.

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Below some tips to keep your home safety this Christmas:

  1. Merry and bright: Inspect light strings every year to discard any worn cords, broken lamps, and loose connections.
  1. Light out: Always turn off your light when you leave home or when you are going to bed, to be honest something that I don’t like to do since I love how my house looks this time of the year, but completely necessary to do it to avoid any circuit collapse.
  1. Fresh is the best: Keep your tree watered and away from the candles.
  1. Timing is everything: Is very convenient to have an outdoor certificated by CSA International to switch lights on and off.
  1. Check for the Certification Mark:When purchasing light strings, extension cords, spotlights, electrical decorations, gas appliances, or carbon monoxide alarms, look for the certification mark of an accredited certification organization such as CSA International, UL, or ELT to ensure that the products comply with applicable standards for safety and performance.
  1. One and Done:Never connect more than one extension cord together; instead use a single cord that is long enough to reach the outlet without stretching, but not so long that it can get easily tangled.
  1. The Great Outdoors:When hanging outdoor lights, keep electrical connectors off the ground and away from metal rain gutters. Use insulated tape or plastic clips instead of metal nails or tacks to hold them in place.
  1. Climbing Up:Using a ladder when you put up lights? Choose the correct ladder for the job and double check for a certification mark to ensure your portable ladder complies with applicable standards.
  1. Keep the Gas behind Glass:Do not use your gas fireplace if the glass panel is removed, cracked, or broken, and only allow a qualified service person to replace fireplace parts.
  1. Sound the Alarm:Test your smoke alarms monthly to make sure they work, and be sure to install smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms on every level of your home — especially near sleeping areas.
  1. Filter-Friendly Furnace:To help prevent CO hazards in your home, have a qualified heating contractor perform a yearly maintenance check of your furnace and venting system, and clean or replace your furnace filter frequently during the heating seasons.
  1. Clean the Clutter:Do not store combustible materials such as gasoline, propane, paper, chemicals, paint, rags, and cleaning products near your gas furnace. Gasoline or propane cylinders should be stored outside the home.

Have a safety and happy holidays’ season  ! From our family 💕

I hope you found this article 12 Tips for a Holiday Home Safety useful to prevent any dangerous incident in your home since is a wonderful time to enjoy with the family without any risk. Follow my blog for more informative and family oriented articles.

Source: CSA International

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