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December 15th, 2013 Posted by Blog No Comment yet

“The most wonderful time of the year” sadly also is a time when thousands of people end up in the emergency room for injuries suffered during holiday decorating. So, what’s the safest way to use a ladder to put up your holiday displays? Here are four tips:

Set up the ladder on a firm, level surface.
Watch for soft, muddy spots or uneven flooring, and never place a ladder on ground that is uneven.

Remember the 1-to-4 rule.
You may have to hark back to long-ago geometry class for this visual, but the bottom of the ladder should be one foot away from a wall or the side of the house for every four feet that the ladder rises.

Don’t rock the ladder.
When you are getting those decorations out of the garage or a closet, be careful about pushing or pulling anything from shelves while standing on a ladder. You could lose your balance and fall off.

Choose the right ladder for the job.
When working at low and medium heights, choose step stools or utility ladders. Extension ladders are ideal for use outdoors to reach high places, as when hanging holiday lights on a rooftop.

Deck the Halls with Safety in Mind Fa la la la la

December 15th, 2013 Posted by Blog No Comment yet

Deck the Halls with Safety in Mind Fa la la la la

Holiday Safety – How to Keep Your Home Safe During the Christmas Season

December 15th, 2013 Posted by Blog No Comment yet

Safety tips for the Holiday Season 


Don’t let the rush and excitement of the holiday season make you careless. Let’s make this season especially cheerful by ensuring the protection of our loved ones and valuables. Make sure decorations are not only put up beautifully but safely as well.  If you have recently bought a new home, take the time to consider safety hazards or potential vulnerabilities. The following tips can help you be more careful, prepared and aware during the holiday season.

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Keep any large displays of gifts out of sight

Securing your home this season: preventing burglary

The Holidays are a particularly vulnerable time for families and their home security. With the increase of purchasing and storing of desirable goods, burglars find this time particularly appealing. But home invasion can be easily prevented.  Keep windows, garages and sheds locked and don’t forget to use deadbolts, even if you are just stepping out for a few minutes. Don’t leave a spare key in a “hiding place.” It’s safe to say that if you put it somewhere that helps you remember where it is, it is probably somewhere others will easily guess. Lock your power box with an electricity authority lock (only you and the electric company have a key) so that your home security alarm system can’t be cut off from the power supply.

Avoid drawing attention to your home by keeping any large displays of holiday gifts not be visible through the windows and doors of your home. You can discourage a lot of robbers by making your home appear “active” Use timers to turn on lights and a television or radio. Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer. Think of it as the “Home Alone” method of home protection. When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.  

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Make sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base.

Hazard Free Decoration Placement: Ways of avoiding tripping, fire, and other safety issues

Placing the tree and other holiday decorations should not only be based on the lighting and Feng shui. Safety should be factored in as well. When setting up a Christmas tree or other holiday display, make sure doors and passageways are clear. Be sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base so children, elderly persons or family pets cannot pull it over on themselves. Delicate or dangerous ornaments (such as swallowing hazards or glass) should be placed higher up on the tree away from little hands or doggies. Maintain at least a foot of space between a burning candle and anything that can catch fire. Try to keep electrical elements plugged in near an outlet, draping cords across rooms can be a very dangerous tripping hazard.  

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Don’t overload electric circuits with Holiday Lights

Fire Safety for all the lights, candles, wires, and highly flammable elements of the Holidays:

The Holidays can have quite the assortment of fire hazard possibilities. Materials such as dry pine trees and wrapping paper are highly flammable and surrounded by potentially fire producing sources. It’s simple to make sure that all of our decorations and presents don’t go up in smoke. When hanging lights outdoors, avoid using staples or nails which can damage wiring. Use UL-rated clips or wires instead. Each year check your string of lights on your Christmas tree to ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire. Don’t overload electric circuits with holiday lighting. Spread out the various electrical needs of your decorations to various outlets if possible. Always unplug lights before going to bed including your glittering tree. Place your Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it green and more flame retardant. Never place wrapping paper in your fireplace. It is not only enrionmentally unsafe but can contain toxins including lead!

This season while you check your Xmas “to-dos” off your list, keep track of safety as well. Make sure your home is always secure and appears “active”. Place decorations aways from open flames and out of walkways. Check all of your wiring for frays and keep your tree quenched! 

Be sure to download the React Mobile app, a safety tool that helps you turn your smartphone into a powerful lifeline. React’s “Follow-me” feature allows you to have your trusted contacts track you in real-time whenever you’re concerned for your safety. With the push of a button, you can send an SOS alert containing your GPS coordinates to select emergency contacts via text message and email with an option for an alert to be posted on Facebook and Twitter. Once the SOS alert is activated, you’re automatically prompted to dial 911.

Festive, fun and flammable – Here are some stats and tips about holiday fire safety

December 15th, 2013 Posted by Blog No Comment yet

Christmas trees light up our homes, but they also pose a fire hazard. Here are some stats and tips about holiday fire safety.

Winter Home Safety: The Christmas Tree [INFOGRAPHIC]

December 13th, 2013 Posted by Blog No Comment yet

Holiday Home Safety Tips [Infographic]

December 11th, 2013 Posted by Blog No Comment yet

Winter Safety Infographic

December 6th, 2013 Posted by Blog No Comment yet

Don’t Spend the Holidays in the ER: Holiday Lights Safety Tips

December 4th, 2013 Posted by Blog No Comment yet

Don’t Spend the Holidays in the ER: Holiday Lights Safety Tips

Don’t Spend the Holidays in the ER: Holiday Lights Safety Tips

November 26th, 2013 Posted by Blog No Comment yet

Don’t Spend the Holidays in the ER: Holiday Lights Safety Tips

Be On The Safe Side This Season: Top 10 Tips for Safer Holidays

November 26th, 2012 Posted by Blog No Comment yet

Holiday Safety Tips

During the holiday season, fires cause more than $18 million in property damage and holiday decorating injuries send more than 13,000 to the emergency room. [1]  Help keep your family safe this season with these quick, simple steps.

  1. Water, water, water your tree.
    Dry trees pose a fire risk – make a fresh cut on the base before putting your tree into a sturdy stand, and water frequently.
  2. Check your lights, check them twice.
    Inspect all of your electric lights and decorations for damage or wear. Cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires and loose connections may pose a fire or shock hazard.
  3. Plan your fire escape.
    Use the holidays as a good time to practice a fire escape plan with your loved ones. Identify at least two exits from every room in the house.
  4. Sleep safe: Install carbon monoxide alarms.
    Be sure that at least one carbon monoxide alarm is installed on each floor of your home, and always close to sleeping areas.
  5. Be flame aware.
    Always blow out unattended candles and teach your children to stay away from lit candles or fireplaces.
  6. Give wrapping paper a second life.
    Don’t burn used wrapping paper as it may cause intense flash fires. And throwing it out adds waste. Consider recycling or repurposing it instead.
  7. Check extension cords.
    Do not connect more than three miniature light strings together. Also, be sure to check the rating on your extension cords and do not plug in more than the recommended wattage.
  8. Steer your tree clear.
    Your tree should be positioned at least three feet away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. It should also not block any doorways or exits.
  9. Decorate with a safe eye.
    Cords should not be run under carpets or tacked-up with metal nails or staples. Small decorations can be choking hazards so keep them out of the reach of toddlers.
  10. Download React Mobile                                                                                           The React Mobile app turns your iPhone or Android smartphone into a powerful security device and also allows users to report incidents and criminal activity. With the push of a button an SOS alert with your GPS coordinates is sent to select emergency contacts via SMS/text message, email and optionally an alert can be posted to Facebook and Twitter with a link to your location. Download here.