Holidays, Selling a Home

Keep Your Home Safe this Winter

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

With that brings extra fire hazards and safety practices to keep your home safe this season.

holiday tree

To many, Christmas trees and lights bring fond memories of thier childhood, and an excitement that only this time of year can bring but did you know, nearly 47,000 fires occur each winter? According to the American Red Cross, one of every twenty-two home fires started by a Christmas tree results in death. Candles and lights are more likely to start fires during the holiday season than any other season. So, how can you ensure a fire-free Christmas?

1. Make sure your Christmas lights are in good condition: Stringed-lights with exposed wires can be extremely dangerous. It is important to examine your lights before stringing them on your tree or home each year, any that look suspicious should be thrown out.
2. Pay attention to wattage: Lights can easily cause out an overload on outlets, it is recommended not to go over 200 watts. When shopping, look for LED if possible, Led allows the use of more lights per watt than the average incandescent strings.
3. If using a real tree, practice the crunch test. If the needles break easily, your tree is not receiving enough water and will go up in flames much faster.
4. Always shut the lights off and extinguish candles before leaving the house or going to sleep.
5. Keep decorations at least three feet away from any heat sources such as fireplaces or vents.

The holidays should be a festive occasion not one filled with smoke and the devastation of a ruined home or even worse, the death of a loved one. Stay safe this winter and follow these steps! Learn more great winter safety practices here.

Have you considered buying a new home or possibly selling your current place? Winter can actually be a great time for both buying and selling! Contact Joyce Hill at 253-318-2792 or visit