GALLATIN, TN--(Marketwire - December 8, 2010) - The holiday season is right around the corner, and many families are preparing to celebrate their individual traditions with Christmas trees, candles and holiday lights. SERVPRO is offering tips to local residents to help ensure that the warm glow of holiday decorations doesn't erupt into a destructive and potentially deadly holiday fire.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the top five days for residential candle fires are Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year's Day, Halloween and December 23rd. In addition, Christmas tree fires cause $13.8 million in direct property damage each year, and holiday light-related fires are responsible for another $7.9 million annually.
"For many of us, the holidays wouldn't be the same without a Christmas tree or glowing candles," says Rick Isaacson, executive vice president of SERVPRO Industries, Inc. "But it's important to follow some common sense guidelines to help prevent your celebration from turning into a tragedy."
SERVPRO offers these tips from the United States Fire Administration to help keep the holidays bright and safe:
Candle safety tips:
Holiday lights safety tips:
Christmas tree safety tips:
"Holiday decorations are beautiful, but they are a real source of potential danger as well," says Isaacson. "SERVPRO hopes that these tips will help ensure a happy and safe holiday season for homeowners."
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Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO franchise system is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,500 individually owned and operated franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss situations. Providing coverage in 48 states, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners. All SERVPRO franchises are independently owned and operated.