Winter Haven, FL – November 25, 2013 – The holidays can create greater risk at home when cooking
meals, displaying decorations, and using unsafe heating sources. According to the U.S. Fire
Administration, unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires including 67 percent starting
with the ignition of food or other cooking materials. Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Polk
County, a leading provider of fire, water and mold damage restoration services for residential and
commercial properties offers the following tips to make the holidays safe.
Cooking: Keep children away from cooking areas. Turn pot handles facing in to prevent scalds and
burns. Avoid wearing loose clothing which can be ignited by hot burners. Don’t store items on top of
the stove. Turkey fryers should be used outdoors and away from buildings and flammable materials.
Portable space heaters: Place space heaters at least three feet away from anything combustible and
operate only when you are in the room. Don’t leave a space heater on overnight or near children and
Holiday Decorations: The use of holiday decorations such as Christmas trees, garlands, electric
lights, and candles can increase the possibility of holiday fires. Use non-combustible,
flame-resistant materials. Never use lighted candles on a tree, evergreens or other flammable
Lights: Connect no more than 3 strands of mini light sets and no more than 50 bulbs for screw-in
light sets on your tree. Fasten lights to the tree and prevent bulbs from coming in contact with the
needles or branches. Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns. Check for loose
connections, broken or cracked sockets or frayed wires. Use UL approved lighting. Turn off all
holiday lights when leaving home or retiring for the evening.
Trees: A natural tree should be fresh and will be less likely to become a fire hazard. Cut two
inches off the trunk and place in a sturdy water stand, water daily. Keep the tree away from
fireplaces, wall furnaces and other heat sources. Consider using a ‘fire resistant’ artificial tree.
Fire Escape Plan: Know your escape routes. Have a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen, laundry
room, and garage. Never burn greens, papers, or other decorations in the fireplace. Working smoke
alarms should be installed on every level of your home, test them monthly, replace batteries every
Know who to call in case of an emergency: Keep contact numbers handy for police and fire
departments, doctors and poison help line. In case of emergency property damage, contact a licensed,
professional fire damage clean up and restoration company.
About Paul Davis:
Paul Davis Restoration, Inc. is a national franchisor and leading provider of restoration services
for residential and commercial properties since 1966. Paul Davis Restoration also provides complete
remodeling services and has franchise locations throughout North America with owners and technicians
who are certified by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
Visit the website at www.pauldavis.com.