flameless_candlesAs we enter into the full  swing of the winter and holiday season, it’s important to remember a few safety tips in your home.

If you have an artificial or fresh tree, make sure that your lights are in good shape. Look for worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Use lights that have the label of an independent testing lab. Make sure that you use the correct lights, some are for outdoor or indoor use, but not both.

If you use an artificial tree, ensure that is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant. If you have a fresh tree, add water to the tree stand, and be sure to water it daily. Fresh trees are not a fire hazard if they are cared for properly.

According to statistics, the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Eve. The easiest way to avoid problems with candles is to use battery-operated or electric flameless candles. If you do use candles, remember these safety tips for candles: keep candles 12 inches from anything that can burn, never put candles on a Christmas tree, avoid using candles in bedrooms and sleeping areas. NEVER leave candles unattended, and,  extinguish candles before going to bed.

Remember, seconds count in a fire. Escape first, then call for help. Have an escape plan and regularly check your smoke alarms for proper operation. A working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire.