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Christmas Safety Tips Brought to You by SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan

12/18/2015 (Permalink)

Safety Never Takes a Holiday… and either does SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan, 24/7 Emergency Service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster

Oh Christmas Tree…

  • Try to purchase a freshly cut tree, as they are more resistant to ignition.
  • Keep your Christmas tree watered and away from any heat source such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, or heat vents.
  • Below is a list of electrical safety tips to keep your Christmas Tree problem free!
  •  Lights, Camera, Action…

  • Carefully inspect holiday light strings each year and discard any with frayed cords, cracked lamp holders, or loose connections. When replacing bulbs, unplug the light string and be sure to match voltage and wattage to the original bulb.
  • Always turn off holiday lights when you leave the house unattended or when going to bed.
  • 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.
  • Rock it down to the Electric Avenue…

  • 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.
  • Use an outdoor timer certified by CSA International to switch lights on and off. Lights should be turned on after 7 p.m. to avoid the electricity rush hour.
  • 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.
  • Christmas Clean Machine…

  • To help prevent CO hazards in your home, have SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan perform a yearly maintenance check of your furnace and venting system, and clean or replace your furnace filter frequently during the heating seasons.
  • 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.
  • The National Fire Protection Association recommends that chimneys be swept at least once a year at the beginning of the winter to remove soot and debris. Call SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan to clean your chimney and check it for damage.
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