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December 2015

• December 5, 2015 • No comments yet

Temperamental states such as South Carolina mean there’s always a chance for unexpected danger. But no one anticipates potential hazards during the holidays. The Catastrophe Services team, however, does.

Our last post wasn’t enough to cover everything you need to remember this holiday season, so read on for more seasonal safety tips to help you avoid disaster over the holidays.

  • Never use electronics near water.
  • Don’t sleep with electronics under your pillow.
  • Keep loose batteries away from kids.
  • Don’t run cords under carpets, rugs, furniture, or out of windows.
  • Stick to one power strip or extension cord. Don’t string extension cords together or overload outlets.
  • Using an extension cord outdoors? Make sure there’s an “outdoor use” label from the manufacturer.
  • Don’t leave space heaters unattended or place them on rugs or furniture. Make sure they’re on a flat, level base. Plug them directly into the wall.
  • Never use kerosene heaters indoors.

Catastrophe Services performs disaster restoration across South Carolina. When the unexpected happens, we help you get your life back—but first we’re devoted to keeping you safe.

Got questions about safety tips or disaster restoration in South Carolina? Ask us!

• December 5, 2015 • No comments yet

The holidays are about joy. As the temperature drops, we reconnect with family, friends, and the magic of giving. It’s a time for tradition and storytelling, parties and peace, when life slows down and we all feel like kids again.

Unfortunately, the holiday season also presents unique fire hazards. Use these tips, adapted from the American Red Cross, to keep your home safe from fire this holiday season.

  • Keep trees, candles, and other decorations at least 3 feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, vents, heaters, radiators, and appliances.
  • If purchasing a real tree, make sure it’s green and moist, with sturdy needles. Water it often. Ensure that artificial trees are flame retardant.
  • Never use frayed electrical cords or light strings.
  • Always blow out candles and unplug lights, decorations, and appliances before going to bed. Designate one person to make sure all candles, lights, etc. are out.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.
  • Use sturdy tree stands. Keep pets and very young kids away from trees.
  • As always, keep flammable objects away from the stovetop.
  • Got smoke alarms on every level of your home? Test them, replace batteries if necessary, and make sure your family knows what to do in case of fire.

Stay tuned for more tips to keep your South Carolina home safe from fire this holiday season. We at Catastrophe Services wish your family safe and happy holidays.

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