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Stay Safe This Holiday Season

The holidays are a time of hope and cheer – but they can also be a time of danger. From unstable candles to exploding turkeys, dangerous ladders, ice dams, and falling Christmas trees, we know that accidents happen all too often.


Stay Safe This Holiday Season With These Tips From Rainbow International.

Follow our tips for mitigating danger and staying safe this season.

We hope you never need us. But we’re standing by in case you do. Call (855) 724-6269 for emergency service.

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How to Hang Christmas Lights Safely

Practice ladder safety: When hanging outdoor lights, use a sturdy ladder on level ground. Ask a neighbor or family member to spot you while you’re hanging outdoor holiday lights.

Pick the right lights for the job: Be sure to use lights that are designated as “outdoor” lights. Outside lights should have a fuse built into each strand’s plug.

Inspect, repair, or replace: Each year, inspect your exterior holiday lights when you take them down and put them back up. Replace all blown or broken bulbs with new bulbs of the correct wattage.


Fire Safety During the Holidays

Lighting the tree: Don’t plug more than three strands of lights into each other. Use a power strip to add additional strands. Be sure to unplug lights before going to bed or leaving the house.

Menorahs and kinaras: Keep menorahs and kinaras at least three feet from flammable materials like curtains or decorations. Always monitor pets and young children around open flames.

Holiday candles: Use holiday candles sparingly (or choose non-flammable décor), and never leave them unattended.

Fireplace safety: Always use a fireplace screen when using your home’s fireplace. Keep all logs, kindling, and flammable materials at least three feet from the fireplace cavity. Always make sure the embers are extinguished before you go to bed or leave your home.

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Holiday Pet Safety Tips

Secure the tree: Secure your Christmas tree and any large decorations to keep it from falling.

Keep fragile ornaments out of reach: Hang only pet-safe, soft ornaments or plush toys at pet eye level.

Hide the snacks: Keep holiday treats, like cookies and snack trays, out of reach of pets.

Know your pet: Give them a space to retreat to (like a quiet bedroom) should they need a break from the action.


Live Christmas Tree Safety

Select the right tree: Cut or select a tree that is green and fragrant and that holds its needles.

Trim the tree: Cut the bottom two inches of the trunk off to allow for better water absorption (most sellers will do this for you).

Pick your placement: Make sure the tree is not covering heat vents, blocking walkways, or near flammable items.

Hydrate it: Water the tree well after placement and add water to the stand every day.

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Christmas Cooking Safety Tips

Keep kids safe: Keep young children away from sharp, hot, or flammable items in the kitchen.

Stay cool: Keep hot pads on hand to protect from burns.

Safely store cords: Avoid accidents with children and pets by keeping small-appliance cords tucked safely behind the appliance—not hanging off the counter.

Avoid food poisoning: Cook all foods according to safe minimum cooking standards. Check out these guidelines from foodsafety.gov.


Enjoy Your Holiday Celebrations And Stay Safe!

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season. We hope you never need us, but we’re standing by in case you do. Our teams are ready to assist in your time of need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. From water to fire damage, and everything in between, trust Rainbow International® for your restoration.

Download Our Holiday Safety Checklist

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