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The end of the year is near, which means that the holiday season is upon us! This is a time to enjoy with your loved ones, spread cheer, and create new, wonderful memories. To keep your experiences on a positive note, however, you should be careful and follow the holiday safety tips mentioned below.

How to Enjoy a Wonderfully Safe Holiday Season

Take Care of the Christmas Tree

Having a natural Christmas tree in your home can bring cheer and a warm sensation into it. Still, they need to be cared for effectively, lest that cheer turns into a fiery mishap.
  • Try to water it every day, to keep it from drying out and becoming a fire hazard.
  • Choose the perfect place for it: away from anything that could make it ignite (candles, a fireplace, etc.).
  • If you do find that its needles are beginning to fall, it's time to look for a new tree.
  • If possible, invest in a fake tree that won't present as much of a risk.

Mind the Fireplace

Fireplaces have a special role in your home during the holidays: not only do they keep you and your family cozy, but it's also Santa's entryway if you celebrate Christmas. To stay safe:
  • Keep your pets and children away from it. Be careful, since it's possible younger kids will search for Santa in there. If needed, put up a screen to protect them.
  • Don't hang your stockings too low on the fireplace, as they can be extremely flammable.
  • Provide the necessary maintenance so your fireplace can burn wood safely.
  • Remember to put out the fire if you'll be leaving the room, or you're falling asleep.

Light Candles Carefully

Candles provide a warm, beautiful, and special feel to any home, more so during the holiday season. For example, the Menorah has a very important meaning for those who celebrate Hanukkah. To burn them carefully, you must:
  • Position the candles in a safe place: away from children, pets, and flammable materials, and where they won't get knocked over.
  •  Always blow the candles out if you won't be in the room, or if you're going to sleep.
  • Use a safe, appropriate, and effective container to burn them in.
  • Consider choosing battery operated candles for your home to reduce the possibility of a fire.
Fires can occur at any time, even if it's the holiday season. If your home was affected by a fire, rest assured that in Walker & Frick Construction Co., Inc. DKI in Laurelyou'll find a professional team ready to get your home back to normal. Call 804.282.1281 for a free estimate on emergency property restoration in Laurel. 

Choose the Right Decorations

From the wreath and the garlands, to the spheres and the figurines, decorations are what make this time of year look and feel different from the rest. Still, you should consider what kind of ornaments you get.
  • If you have smaller children or pets in your house, buy decorations that won't break and that they can't swallow/choke on.
  • It's also a good idea to opt for flame retardant decor.
  • If you have flammable decorations, place them away from any fire sources, such as the stove, the fireplace, or candles.

Think About the Lights

If you want to illuminate your holiday celebrations in a special way, Christmas lights are the way to do it. To ensure they light your home with a lovely glow and nothing more, consider the following:
  • Inspect them thoroughly and test them before you put them up.
  • If during your inspection, you notice they're too old, or have certain frayed wires, buy new ones.
  • Do not overpower the outlets in your home by plugging to many lights in them at once.
  • Be sure to unplug the lights, or to turn them off, if you're leaving your home or are heading off to sleep.

Practice Kitchen Safety

Finally, this time of year is also known for having delicious foods that leave everyone stuffed and wanting more at the same time. If you'll be spending a lot of time in the kitchen, stay safe:
  • Pay attention to what you're cooking and don't leave flames unattended.
  • If children/pets are near, keep them away from the stove, hot plates, the oven, or any sharp objects in the kitchen.
  • For any electrical appliances, check that they work to avoid a technical malfunction that could result in a fire.
  • Avoid standing near the flames with your hair down, with loose clothing, or while wearing long sleeves.

For Emergency Property Restoration in Laurel

Remember that Walker & Frick Construction Co., Inc. DKI in Laurel can take care of your home if it's in dire need of professional restoration services. Contact them at 804.282.1281 for a free estimate on emergency property restoration in Laurel.