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Sprinkling some safety on your holiday spirit

Nov 28, 2022 12:59PM ● By Today's Family
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year – there’ll be Christmas trees glowing and candle flames burning and good times when loved ones are near — it’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

Making the season merry and bright can be beautiful yet dangerous.  Let’s get in the holiday spirit by putting safety first!
  • Whether your Christmas tree is real or fake, keep it a safe distance from a fireplace, wood burning stove, or other heat-producing sources. Three strings of lights should be the limit on any power strips or outlets.  Be sure the UL symbol appears on the electrical items you purchase and pay attention to the color – green means it’s for indoor use while red is for indoor/outdoor.  When using older lights, check that the cords or wires are not cracked or frayed.  Always unplug indoor lights when you leave your home. 
  • Candles are pretty, but they’re still open flames.  December is the peak time of year for candle-related house fires.  Sure they set a glowy holiday mood, but lit flames and Christmas decorations don’t exactly mix.  Here are a few important reminders:
    • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
    • Keep lit candles at least 12 inches away from surrounding objects.
    • Trim wicks to a quarter of an inch before you light them.
    • Keep candles and matches out of reach of children.
    • Don’t burn candles near trees, curtains, or other flammable items.
    • Candles should be on a sturdy surface.
  • When decorating your tree, refrain from putting glass or breakable ornaments within children’s reach.  When trying to reach up high, use a stepladder rather than a chair or other piece of furniture.
  • When selecting gifts for young children, stay away from toys with coin lithium batteries or small parts that could easily be ingested or create a choking hazard.
  • Never toss anything but logs into your fireplace.  Don’t try to burn evergreens or wreaths in a fireplace or wood stove.  Greenery and tree needles burn much faster than logs, creating sparks, which can fly into the room or onto the roof.  Don’t burn wrapping paper because it can contain metallic materials that could be hazardous to breathe in.  Always make sure the fire is out and the embers have cooled before you leave the house or go to bed.
  • Don’t forget to prep the outside of your house. Keep your driveway and walkways clear of ice and snow, especially if you’re expecting guests.
Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season!
Courtesy of the Corsaro Insurance Group and Central Insurance Companies.
Matthew Corsaro is the president and owner of the Corsaro Insurance Group in Mentor.  His company and staff have been providing insurance solutions to families and business owners for over 40 years.  Mr. Corsaro has obtained the Accredited Advisor in Insurance and Certified Insurance Counselor designations.  Corsaro Insurance Group represents over 20 insurance companies.  As well they have expertise in all areas of auto, home and business insurance.  They can be reached at 440-946-4950.