DO Use Battery Operated Candles When Possible
Did you know that candle fires peak on Christmas Eve, New Years and Christmas Day as well as other holidays during the winter months? That’s why it is #FDNYSmart to use battery-operated, flames candles. They can look, smell and feel like real candles without the danger of fire.
DON’T Overload Electrical Outlets
Two-thirds of all electrical fires begin in plugs or cords on appliances. Most electrical fires can be prevented. Here are some ways you can help:
DO Use UL Certified Products
When shopping, look for the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) mark on labels. Products certified by UL have been evaluated for safety and meet national standards. Items that have a UL mark must be used and maintained properly to ensure safety.
DO Keep Combustibles 4 feet Away
Did you know nearly half of holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source? Make sure to take basic precautions when decorating your home: Follow these tips:
DON’T Leave Burning Candles Unattended
Friends more than 33 percent of candle fires occur when candles are left unattended. If you do burn candles during your Sabbath and other holiday celebrations, keep your home safer by:
DO Be Mindful of Pinched Wires
Pinched wires are a hazard not many realize could result in potential disaster. Things like electrocution, faulty operation, fire hazards and more dangers can happen when cables become pinched and exposed. Be sure your wires aren’t caught under a chair or in a window sill, especially around the holidays when there are extra lights and other electrical decoration being used.
You can see other #FDNYSmart Do’s and Don’ts here.
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Some other important reminders, if you have a live tree, don’t forget to water it to make sure it doesn’t get dry and become a fire hazard . And always remember to have a working smoke and carbon monoxide detector. For more safety tips you can read our flash facts here. Don’t forget to follow Siren and Hot Dog on Twitter. Happy Holidays!