Ho, Ho, Ho, Holiday greetings to you!
Every year at this time I can't help but notice beautiful holiday lighting and adornment. It's great to see that even homes with a "For Sale" sign on front lawn have been bedazzled with lights! But this good deed seldom goes without also decking halls with many holiday hazards.
You may be feeling happy for holidays, but you'll be roasting more than chestnuts if you lose respect for dangers inherent in season! It is sad to say, but more homes burn during December than any other month. And electricity is not only hazard contributing to risk.
Candles! Gosh they look so good and scent can set perfect holiday mood. But always remember this about candles - they are on fire! Seasonal candles on windowsills near your beautiful curtains and shears is a perfect blend for combustion. Please be sure candles are always attended when lighted, shielded by a glass enclosure, and located so cat doesn't knock them over. And put out all candles before snuggling in for night!
And what about space heaters! These little gems can put just right amount of heat right where you need it. But, they can also burn house down. Space heaters need to be in a clear space! That might even be why they call them "space" heaters, cause if they are too close to bedding, curtains, or clothing there is a fair chance of fire. Many a home has burned even with heater in clear space. Please be careful about flinging a towel, shirt, or sheet as you climb under covers. Any article landing on heater is certain to burn.
While we are thinking about space heaters, be especially cautious about misuse of kerosene-fired space heaters. These babies can really put out heat! But please, read directions and follow them like your life depended on it. Of special concern is ventilation. If your space heater's directions require outside air for ventilation, crack a window or what ever it takes to be compliant. The risk of death from carbon monoxide poisoning is far greater than fire. Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless ensuring a sound sleep for all eternity.
Gotta love stockings hung by fire - but gotta also be sure they are removed before fire is a blazing! Maybe back in day when wool stockings hung by fire, it was not so risky, but these days those fuzzy fake flannel stockings burn better than fat lighter. So choose your effect - either stockings hung by fireplace, or a fire in fireplace, but certainly not both at same time!