While most people enjoy seeing the lights and other decorations during the holidays, the reality is that some of these items can significantly increase the risk of fire. Regardless of where your property is located and how much space your organization uses, don’t let your company’s holiday cheer go up in smoke.
Following just a few simple tips can better ensure that your residents, guests, and/or employees are safe from a fire-related disaster. For instance, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than two out of every five decoration fires occur because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.
In addition to taking care regarding the placement of holiday lights and other seasonal décor, keeping the following tips in mind can also provide you with some important safety guidelines. These include:
- Choosing decorations that are flame retardant or flame resistant
- Using clips (rather than nails) for hanging lights so as not to damage the cord(s)
- Making sure that indoor lights are only used indoors and not in external areas such as a courtyard or on trees that are located on the property
- Ensuring that the manufacturer’s instructions are followed regarding the number of light strands that should be connected (as there is typically an “overload” limit)
It is also highly recommended that your building’s smoke alarms are regularly tested, and that everyone who enters the building has access to the fire escape plan.
At Life Safety Project, our primary focus is on keeping people protected long before a potential disaster strikes. We specialize in consultation, engineering, and design services for fire alarm systems, as well as fire sprinkler systems, and other comprehensive end-to-end security solutions.
We use the most up-to-date technology in a wide variety of structures, including schools, government offices, high-rise buildings, and even industrial complexes. So, even if a fire breaks out, notifying firefighters and other first responders will be expedited.
Contact us for more information on how we can help you and your business.
Winter Holiday Safety. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/Winter_Holiday_Safety.pdf