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Christmas Safety Tips: Common Holiday Disasters

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care. The Christmas goose is dressed and ready for roasting. Your holiday light competition with the neighbors is in full swing. You’re set for a perfect holiday celebration. What could possibly go wrong?

From Christmas trees infested with mites to overloaded electrical circuits to frozen pipes that burst just as Santa and his pack come down the chimney, the season presents plenty of opportunities for mishaps. You can have a safe holiday season. Read our top Christmas safety tips designed to prevent common holiday disasters.

Put Another Log on the Fire

Fireplaces and Christmas. It’s hard to imagine one without the other. After all, how does Santa get presents delivered without a fireplace? Maybe you enjoy chestnuts roasting on an open fire, or perhaps you look forward to relaxing in front of the hearth with a hot toddy after a long week of parties and wrapping gifts. What you might not imagine is the potential safety hazard posed by a poorly maintained fireplace. Avoid a house fire by performing the following safety checks at the beginning of each cold weather season:

Put another log on the fire but do it safely, so Santa can get those presents delivered.

Fireproof Your Christmas Tree

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) between 2012-2016 U.S. fire departments averaged 170 calls each year for home fires that started with Christmas trees. The fires resulted in an average of 4 deaths and 15 injuries each year. Homeowners suffered $12 million in property damage. Take these easy steps to fireproof your tree:

Property damage from fires started by Christmas trees goes beyond burned decorations and ruined rugs and furnishings. Water used to put out fires causes damage too, so you’ll need to call professionals who specialize in taking care of water damage in Smyrna.

Keep an Eye on the Oven

Everyone has a funny story about the turkey that burned to a crisp. Or the pie that was forgotten until the smoke alarm sounded. Kitchen fires aren’t funny and they can ruin the holidays.

The NFPA keeps tabs on kitchen fires too and between 2012-2016 fire departments averaged 172,100 calls for fires started in home kitchens every year. Two-thirds of the fires started when food are other cooking materials ignited. Kitchen fires are devastating because they often start when people are in the kitchen, are close to the fire, and try to put the fire out themselves. Avoid kitchen fires by following these precautions:

No one anticipates a holiday kitchen fire but if you’re caught by surprise, you know you can call one of the best water damage restoration companies in Smyrna to repair the damage.


We hope you enjoyed reading our Christmas safety tips. Above all, we hope you and your family have a safe holiday season. If you do experience a disaster and need help repairing fire and water damage, contact Integrity Restoration & Remodeling Contractors LLC immediately and we’ll be there to assist.