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The holidays are a time of celebration. Celebrations include fireworks and holiday lighting. These items are likely fire hazards. While these fire hazards could hinder your festivities, you shouldn’t allow them to interfere. Disaster Cleanup Services has some tips to prepare you so you can enjoy the holidays. Being prepared is the most important detail when it comes to fires and fire safety.

  • Holiday Lighting 

Holiday lighting comes in all forms. Indoor and outdoor assortments are available. It is important to use lighting as the directions imply. Never use indoor lighting outside. The elements can cause it to short out, causing it to become a fire hazard. It is also important to check your lighting for any frayed or damaged areas. If the lights are damaged, discard them and purchase new ones.

  • Fireworks 

If your family decides to shoot fireworks, make sure you do so in a safe manner. First, ensure there are no burn bans for your area. Next, you should find an area away from trees and grass. If you are shooting fireworks into the sky, never do so around electric lines. It is important to be aware of your surroundings and only allow adults to handle the fireworks.

  • Have a Safety Plan

A fire safety plan is essential. The fire plan should be practiced until everyone knows what their roles are. You should have an escape plan and have items needed packed and ready. Children should learn the fire plan, and it should be practiced on a regular basis. In the case of a fire, it is crucial that everyone escapes to safety.

  • Check your Fire Alarms and Fire Extinguishers 

It only takes a few minutes to check a fire alarm. A simple test of the alarm could save your entire families life. It is also important to check fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers should always be in working order, and each person should know the location and how to use them properly.