Louisville, KY (WAVE) - Kevin Wharton from Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling has some holiday safety tips to share with our WAVE 3 Listens Live! viewers.
Choosing Christmas Lights: Think LED and Look for UL
More than one hundred million decorative lights are sold in the United States in a single year. Look for UL. The UL mark on a product means that samples of that product have been tested to the highest safety standards. Make sure to look for it to help keep your holidays safe and bright.
Check your lights, check them twice
Inspect all of your electric lights and decorations for damage or wear. Cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires and loose connections may pose a fire or shock hazard.
Christmas Tree Fire Video: It just takes a minute
Dry trees pose a fire risk – make a fresh cut on the base before putting your tree into a sturdy stand, and water frequently.
Plan your fire escape
Use the holidays as a good time to practice a fire escape plan with your loved ones. Identify at least two exits from every room in the house.
Replace the Batteries in Your Smoke Detector
Smoke detectors don't work when the batteries are dead.
Sleep safe: Install carbon monoxide alarms
Be sure that at least one carbon monoxide alarm is installed on each floor of your home, and always close to sleeping areas.
Be flame aware
Always blow out unattended candles and teach your children to stay away from lit candles or fireplaces.
Check extension cords
Do not connect more than three miniature light strings together. Also, be sure to check the rating on your extension cords and do not plug in more than the recommended wattage.
Steer your tree clear
Your tree should be positioned at least three feet away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. It should also not block any doorways or exits.
Decorate with a safe eye
Cords should not be run under carpets or tacked-up with metal nails or staples. Small decorations can be choking hazards so keep them out of the reach of toddlers.
Clean Out Your Gutters
Clean gutters insure that snow melt and rain can drain properly from your roof system and reduce the possibility of ice dams and roof leakage.
Holiday Fire Safety
It is easy to think that a home fire would never happen to your family, but there are more potential risks around your home than you may think.
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945 S. Floyd St.
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