Local damage restoration specialists share tips to stay fire-safe this holiday season
–In a year when large holiday gatherings may not be possible, fire damage restoration specialist Joseph Powers of SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo says a focus on family decorating traditions and more intimate celebrations may take on extra significance.
“It’s as important to keep safety top of mind with a small family gathering as it is with a large holiday party,” says Powers. “We all enjoy bringing the glow of the holiday season to our homes with Christmas trees or menorahs and candlelight, but these statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration show how easy it is for home decorating to turn into a home disaster.”
- The top three days for home candle fires are Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve.
- More than half of the home decoration fires in December are started by candles.
- A heat source too close to the Christmas tree causes one in every four winter fires.
- On average, one of every 52 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in death.
In addition to exercising caution with candles and heat sources, it is important to follow manufacturers’ guidelines for holiday lighting, says Powers. “According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 44-percent of home Christmas tree fires.” Though Christmas tree fires may not be common, they can be devastating to more than the house itself. They can destroy irreplaceable photos, mementos, and family heirlooms and even cost lives,” says Powers. “To help keep your holidays bright and your home and family safe, use common sense with candles and tree placement, and follow these important home decorating guidelines.”
- Only use decorations that are flame-retardant or not flammable.
- Check holiday lights each year for frayed wires or excessive wear.
- Don’t link more than three strands of holiday lights.
“In a year when so many of the things we take for granted have changed, we know people will still come together in person or virtually, to celebrate family and holiday traditions,” says Powers. “‘Stay safe’ has become a common expression in the context of public health, but this holiday season, we urge all San Luis Obispo-area home and business owners to think about ‘staying safe’ in their homes as they prepare for and enjoy the holiday season.”
SERVPRO is an industry leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services. For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.servpro.com. For more information on SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, please contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO franchise system is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,800 individually owned and operated franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO system has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.