Scott Godwin Agency’s Topic: Christmas safety tips

Christmas is around the corner and we know some people are ready to put up their Christmas tree! Of course, we hope you think like we do in that holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and not about the fire department making a trip to your house. This year, the Scott Godwin Agency encourages everyone to be very careful with your Christmas tree. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Our OKC insurance staff, while happy to help our clients with insurance in times of emergency, would like you to consider these safety tips to have a safe and happy Christmas holiday.

1.) Choose the “right” kind of tree. The Scott Godwin agency follows recommendations from NFPA. They state that if you like using artificial Christmas trees that you need to make sure it is certified as being’ fire retardant. For real trees, the fresher the better is the motto to keep in mind; choose a tree with fresh, green needles that don’t fall off when you touch them.

2.) Pay close attention to placement of your tree. For real Christmas trees it is important to cut 1 to 2 inches from the base of the trunk before putting it into the stand. More importantly, water the tree every day. Whether the tree is fake or real, it’s also highly important to make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. Do not cover up any exits with the Christmas tree as this is a safety hazard.

3.) Carefully decorate your Christmas trees. Everyone likes pretty decorations, but you want to make sure they are safe! Using lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory can be safer for your family. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both. Do not use string lights that have worn cords, broken cords or broken bulbs! To reduce risk of fire don’t connect more than 3 strands of string sets. Don’t ever use real, lit candles to decorate a Christmas tree, either. Despite your desire to do so, don’t ever leave Christmas lights on all night long or when leaving’ the house.

Our OKC insurance team hope these easy to follow tips will keep your family and home safe this holiday. On behalf of the Scott Godwin Agency, we wish everyone a happy holiday season!