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How to Decorate your House Safely this Holiday Season

December 4, 2012

For many US households, decorations are a highlight of the holiday season. However, at Reliance First Capital we understand how important safety is when putting out the holiday lights and decorations. According to data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), each year an estimated 240 home fires involve Christmas trees and another 150 involve holiday lights. These fires cause an average of 21 deaths and $25.2 million in direct property damage.

Reliance First Capital is committed to helping you with your financial goals as well as helping to keep your family and home safe during the holiday season with the following simple steps:

Attend to the tree: Trees are a beloved part of many traditions, but they are also one of the top fire hazards. When selecting a cut tree, examine it closely. Needles should be green and hard to pull off the branches, and when you bounce the tree on its trunk, needles should not fall to the ground. Also check to make sure the trunk is sticky.

Look over your lights: Modern LED lights are much safer than candles or older electric lights, but they still have risks. Choose lights that display the UL or ETL logo; they have been tested to conform to national safety standards. Look for “mini” lights, which contain LEDs that burn at lower temperatures than traditional lights, and only use lights that have fuses. Keep outdoor lighting away from power lines, and be sure to turn off the lights when you aren’t home or go to bed.

Choose decorations with care: Open flames are a particular hazard. Make sure candles are in secure holders and aren’t left burning when you are away or asleep. Do not put candles on your tree or near it. Never use the fireplace to dispose of discarded items like wrapping paper.

Reliance First Capital recommends following these easy tips so can keep you, your loved ones, and your home safe this holiday season so you can sit back and enjoy the festivities!

Reliance First Capital’s experts are here to help you answer your home finance questions and find the options that will help you meet your goals. Learn more by contacting us at 866-735-9004 or visiting us online at

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