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4 Holiday Fire Hazards: Avoid Needing Fire Damage Restoration in Boyceville, WI


September 13th, 2016

Labor Day marks the end of summer and ushers in the beginning of the holiday season.  We begin hanging decorations in homes and businesses across the country, and while decorations are festive, they can significantly increase the risk of a fire in your home or business. If your building is affected by a fire, you can rely on ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning for comprehensive fire damage restoration in Boyceville, WI.

Though fall and the following months are a time of celebration, there is a marked increase in fire-related building damages. In fact, the holiday season has the highest rates of building fires of the entire year, largely due to the use of electric decorations and flammable decorative materials. Common causes of fires include:

 

Dry Leaves

Dead leaves raked into piles may be fun for the kids, but they are a mass of highly flammable material. And when we burn leaves, especially on windy days, we introduce the risk of a structure fire. Leaf piles can also easily ignite due to unexpected causes such as a dropped cigarette, sparks from a lawn mower, or a nearby bonfire.

 

Candles

Everyone loves the traditional jack-o-lantern or a festive candle in the window, but these age-old decorations are among the leading causes of building fires. Because you’re literally “playing with fire” when you light candles in your home or business, replacing real flames with electric candles is the safest choice you can make to protect your building.

 

Decorative Lights

Strings of lights or illuminated plastic decorations can add to the holiday spirit, but even the smallest bulbs are a fire hazard. Electrical fires happen when you least expect them to, and from October to February decorative lights increase the risk of an electricity-related fire affecting your home or business.

 

Electrical Overloads

The temptation to load up on lights, animatronic ghouls, glowing pumpkins, and cackling witches may be strong during the fall holidays, but when it comes to outlets, power strips, and extension cords, less is more.

Have fun, be festive, and stay safe while keeping the dangers of holiday decorations in mind this fall. For more information about fire damage restoration in Boyceville, WI contact ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning at (715) 643-5200.

 

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