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SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City Provides Holiday Safety Tips
Shows Hudson County Residents How to Light the Night without Igniting a Fire
By: Jennifer Harvey
"Basking in the glow of a warm fire or relaxing in a festively decorated home or office building may actually present a formula for a hazardous situation – if you don't take the proper precautions,"
Candles and Christmas trees have been reported to be two of the contributing factors of fires during the winter months. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Christmas trees account for an estimated 200 fires annually and cause more than $6 million in property damage. Candles alone cause an estimated 15,600 fires each year, causing 1,270 injuries and more than $539 million in property damage. December is the peak month for candle fires, and Christmas is the peak day.
SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City is offering the following tips for the members of the local community to consider when putting up and maintaining their holiday decorations this December:
• Do not overload power outlets with holiday lights. Pay close attention to the manufacturer's instructions on the number of lights you can string together.
• Consider using battery-operated flameless candles.
• Be careful not to splatter wax when extinguishing a candle.
• Use flashlights instead of candles for emergency lighting.
• Do not purchase a Christmas tree that is dry or dropping needles excessively.
• Be sure to water your Christmas tree regularly.
• Do not use strings of lights that are worn, frayed, manually spliced or broken.
• If you purchase an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled fire-retardant.
• Do not link more than three light strands unless the directions indicate it is safe.
• Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet.
• Be sure to periodically check the wires; they should not be warm to the touch.
"While holiday decorations can provide plenty of charm and cheer with assorted bright lights, Christmas trees and life-size Santa Claus figures, it is our responsibility to inform residents of potential dangers. We, too, want to see the glowing lights that are symbols of the winter holiday season, but we also want the community to be safe," Harvey said. "No matter what our Hudson County residents' reasons are for celebrating this month, we want everyone to enjoy the month of December safely."
If a fire disaster does strike your home, SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City offers services to help local residents quickly recover and restore any damaged property. Within four hours of the initial notification, a SERVPRO Professional will be on-site to start the mitigation process.
For more information about SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, please contact (201) 656-0035.
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SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City is a leading provider of fire, water, mold and other specialty cleanup and restoration services. Independently owned and operated Hudson County residents, SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City responds to property damage emergencies ranging from multi-million dollar disasters affecting entire communities to those suffered by individual businesses and homes. SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City is an active member of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, Hoboken Chamber of Commerce, NJ Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (NJ-CAI), and the New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA).