The professional disaster restoration experts at ServiceMaster of Mankato want to wish you happy holidays this year.
We also want to wish you safe holidays.
Come Christmas time, we see elaborate displays both in and outside of the home. It’s important to make sure you’re not putting your Mankato, MN, home at risk with unsafe holiday decorating practices.
Keep the following fire safety tips in mind to avoid the need for fire damage services.
- Be Careful with Electricity
Unfortunately, this scenario occurs in thousands of homes across the United States every year.
A homeowner wants to create a huge, beautiful outdoor lighting display. There aren’t enough electrical outlets for all the decorations, inflatable figures, and countless strings of lights, so they plug in a power strip and plug another power strip into the plugged-in power strip.
On the surface, this looks like something you shouldn’t do, but think about it…who thinks a disaster will happen to them? Nobody. It’s a little risky, sure, but everything will work out fine. The saying “better safe than sorry” is popular for a reason. Why take chances and run the risk?
Either find additional outlets to plug in appliances and decorations, or use fewer decorations. Don’t overload the electrical system under any circumstances.
- Discard Your Tree
It’s January, 2018. As usual, you’re tired from the holiday hoopla. You hosted family on Thanksgiving, went Black Friday shopping, set up decorations, wrapped gifts, and cleaned up after all the events.
Your Christmas tree is still standing in the living room long after Christmas, but the tree now looks more brown than green, the needles are quite dry and brittle, and they’re dropping like crazy. “No worries,” you keep telling yourself…you’ll get rid of the tree soon.
Dry Christmas trees are extremely flammable. If you wait too long, you run the risk of needing serious fire damage services in the future.
Yes, you’ve exerted quite a bit of effort this holiday season, but make the last push and get rid of your tree to protect your Mankato, MN, home.
Hopefully, taking these safety precautions will help you avoid the need for fire damage services.
If, however, you have the unfortunate experience of having a fire occur at your home, call us immediately at (507) 388-6339 and we’ll be there to help as soon as possible.