O, Christmas Tree…
Deck the Halls…
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire…
All of these things can lend themselves to fire disasters over the holidays. Please keep your family and home safe throughout the season by being aware of how you decorate, how you use the electrical outlets, how you conduct your holiday cooking and baking.
The Christmas Tree:
- If it is a live tree, keep it well watered. Clean the floor of excess needles.
- Make certain all lights are functioning properly.
- Turn off all holiday indoor lighting when away from home.
- Be careful not to overload electrical outlets.
- Keep flammable ornaments away from high-heat sources.
As you Deck the Halls:
- If using fresh greens, keep them away from lit candles and other heat sources.
- Make sure lights used with fresh greens are functioning properly, that they are of cool temperature and are turned off/unplugged when no one is home or while family is sleeping.
- Candles add much ambiance to the season, but never leave them unattended. That warm, inviting flame can soon become an inferno of burnt fabric, greens, wood (furniture, decorations, trim). And melted wax can quickly ruin heirloom linens and festive moods.
- Again, please be careful with the use of electrical outlets.
- A real wood fire in the fireplace is most welcome during the winter months. As we crowd more visitors into our gathering spaces, make sure that everyone keeps a safe distance from the flames. Keep all of those boxes and wrappings away from the fire. Note: burning the gift wrap in the fire is not recommended. This can easily send ash and sparks outside of the hearth area.
Baking the Special Christmas Goodies:
- There is little more inviting than the smell of baking breads and cookies or the spices of mulled cider or wine. When we get so busy over the holidays, we can forget how long some of those cookies have been in the oven.
- Whether grilling, or deep-frying the Christmas goose or turkey, keep the grill, fryer and smokers away from the house – and out of the garage. It is very tempting to want to stay warm while doing these chores, but safety must always be the first concern.
- Some of our special holiday recipes can require high heats on the stovetop in order to achieve the special results we desire. Watch these closely and carefully.
SERVPRO of Rockford wishes you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. May your season be filled with the love of family and friends. May the New Year bring you good health, much happiness and many blessings. Please stay safe during the holidays. If disaster does strike, we will be there to make it “Like it never even happened.”