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Light the Path of Egress for the Holidays

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Holidays are upon us and now’s a good time to make sure your lights are working properly and get them hung in all the right places. No, not the strands of pretty holiday lights. We are talking about exit and emergency lighting in your restaurant or place of business. These safety devices light the path of egress for everyone inside a facility.   Read More . . .

Holiday Light Safety

Monday, December 16, 2013

While holiday lights help make the season beautiful, they also can create fire safety hazards. Whether hung around the house or on Christmas trees, certain precautions must be taken with these decorations.

Line-voltage holiday or decorative lights start an average of 170 home structure fires each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. These fires cause approximately 7 deaths, 17 injuries and $7.9 million in property damage yearly.   Read More . . .

10 ways to prevent Christmas tree fires

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Your beautifully decorated Christmas tree can also be a deadly fire hazard.  Christmas tree fires are infrequent, but when they do occur, they are serious, according to the National Fire Protection Association.  Fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires caused by Christmas trees each year from 2007-2011. The result was a yearly average of six deaths, 22 injuries and $18.3 million in property damage, the NFPA reported.

Here is a list of holiday fire safety tips from NFPA and FEMA's U.S. Fire Administration:

  1. When choosing a tree, look for one that is fresh and has green needles that don't fall out. Brownish needles mean the tree is dried out and more prone to catch fire.

  2. Water your tree daily to prevent it from drying out.

  3. Check the manufacturer's labels to ensure you use only lights and decorations that are flame-retardant. Look for a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories, Intertek or the Canadian Standards Association, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

  4. Check holiday lights for frayed wires or excessive wear.

  5. Don't connect more than three strands of mini-string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs.

  6. Keep your tree at least 3 feet away from any heat source, such as a fireplace, radiator, candles or lights.

  7. Make sure your tree is not blocking an exit. In case there is a fire, you want a way to get out.

  8. Always turn off lights on a tree before going to bed or leaving your home.

  9. Get rid of a tree when its needles start dropping. It means the tree is drying out.

  10. Check that your smoke alarm is working properly.

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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Did You Know? Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.   Read More . . .

Last-Minute Halloween Safety Tips!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween is a fun, and spooky, time of year for kids. Make trick-or-treating safe for your little monsters with a few easy safety tips.   Read More . . .

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