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Holiday Decoration Safety
DAYTON, OHIO The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time, and the last thing you want is to lose property or have someone hurt because of carelessness. Because of those beautiful decorations, there's more potential for electrical and fire hazards at this time of year. There are more than 250 fires each year which start with Christmas trees and more than 150 house fires start with decorative lighting.
Make sure the lights you buy are approved for safe use by a national testing lab, follow directions, don't plug too many lights into a single outlet, and keep outside lights clear of snow and water. Also instead of burning candles, use battery operated candles, and don't ever leave any open flame unattended.
Kettering Fire Chief Jon Durrenberg says, There are a lot of distractions. The cooking, the candles and decorations, and those are all good things, but people really need to be intentional about what they bring into their homes.
If you have a real Christmas tree, keep it well watered and away from heat sources, and don't throw Christmas wrapping paper into your fireplace.
The electrical safety foundation did a survey and found about one third of us don't turn off our decorations when we leave the house. The group says it's a very simple way to prevent something horrible from happening this holiday season.
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