As reported by the U.S. Fire Administration, Christmas tree fires are a hazard that many people do not adequately prepare for.
Charleston, SC (PRWEB) December 09, 2013
The holiday season is here and many people are preparing their homes with festive decorations, including Christmas trees. While these traditions can be a lot of fun, they also come with a lot of liability. As reported by the U.S. Fire Administration, Christmas tree fires are a hazard that many people do not adequately prepare for, and tragedy can often result. To stay safe this holiday season, the McKenna Agency, Inc. wants to remind customers in South Carolina and beyond of the importance of preparing their festive décor and homes to prevent fires.
- Christmas Trees
One of the greatest fire hazards during the winter months is having a live Christmas tree near an open flame. One way to greatly reduce risk is to have a fake tree, though it will also be important to keep plenty of space between it and any open flames from candles or the fireplace. If going the traditional-tree route, there are other steps to take for safety. Many ornaments on a Christmas tree can be extremely flammable, so be careful in where they are placed. Check every light strand for exposed wires before hanging on the tree. Lastly, be sure to keep the Christmas tree lush and watered every single day, as a dried-out one is much more likely to go up in flames.
- Holiday Decorations
Many other holiday decorations, such as menorahs, lit candles, and hanging streamers, can prove to be fire hazards around the home, and steps must be taken to prevent damage or injury caused by these items. Be aware of where every decoration is being placed, as well as what the surrounding area entails. Also, be sure to never block a doorway with decorations, always keep pathways and walking areas clear of any cords or wires, and keep children away from any sharp, hot, or dangerous décor. Lastly, always keep an easy-to-access fire extinguisher and properly installed smoke alarms in the home to aid with a fire that may arise.
- Home Insurance
It is essential that homeowners take the utmost precaution in preparing for their families’ safety this year by having a home insurance policy to cover them. Because accidents do happen, it is important to have a policy that will cover personal injuries and fire damages in the event that something does go wrong. Most policies will offer coverage for those basics, and homeowners should speak with their agent today to find the policy that will work for them. It is too great of a risk to wait until tomorrow.
The holiday season is supposed to be a fun time, and nobody wants it to turn into a disaster. By utilizing these tips and taking the proper cautions to be prepared with home insurance, everyone getting into the spirit of the season can stay safe and happy. The McKenna Agency, Inc. is here to help customers make being prepared a priority for their future. For more information about getting home insurance, local residents can contact the agency at 888-926-6222.
About the McKenna Agency, Inc.:
The McKenna Agency, Inc. has been proud to provide its clients exceptional products and services throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, and Minnesota, helping them meet their personal property and business needs far and wide. Built on specialized attention, customized service, and long-lasting relationships, the McKenna Agency, Inc. is positioned to cover the livelihoods of each and every one of its clients. Whether clients are looking for policies to cover their business needs, hoping to protect their and their families’ property from damage, or seeking anything in between, they can expect great attention to detail, a well-rounded knowledge of the insurance industry, and tight partnership in choosing the most fitting plans for their situations. Clients can sit back and enjoy, while the McKenna Agency, Inc. will match them with the right insurance coverage.