At Byers, we spend each day helping our clients make their day-to-day life a little better, their home a bit more secure and comfortable — whether it is a new roof, getting them off ladders with Byers LeafGuard Gutters, bringing daylight indoors with Solatube or saving with solar energy — Byers is here to help.
This holiday, we want to share a few simple reminders for staying safe and keeping holidays happy:
- Brightening up with holiday lights? Be sure to double check the safety certification on new lights you purchase and watch for frayed cords or loose plugs on any used lights. See our post specifically on holiday light safety. Use the ‘one and done’ rule — do not double up on extension cords and surge protectors. This can tax electrical circuitry and cause fire danger. (Here’s a helpful on installing outdoor holiday lights)
- When replacing bulbs, unplug the light string and be sure to match voltage and wattage to the original bulb.
- Be bright and energy conscious too! Consider using timers to switch lights on and off. Lights may be turned on after 7 p.m. to avoid the electricity rush hour.
- Set your timer for an automatic shut off time or be sure to turn those pretty holiday lights off when you go to bed or leave your home unattended.
- Before you try out your fireplace or stove for the season, have the chimney cleaned. This removes built-up creosote, bird nests and makes sure that your fire will burn bright, warm and safe.
- Consider adding battery operated candles for decorating. If you do use traditional lit candles, do not leave them lit when you are out of the room.
- Keep your tree a safe distance from the fireplace — remember, even artificial trees and decorations are flammable. If you choose a live Christmas tree, buy the freshest available and keep it watered and away from open candles.
- Test your smoke alarms. While we suggest doing this monthly, the holidays are an extra-important time to be sure smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are working.
Byers wishes you the very best of the holiday season and hopes that you found these reminders helpful. Thanks for being part of the Byers Family and stopping by our blog or social media.