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Friday, December 4, 2015

Happy (Safe) Holidays from Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty!

The diverse and community-oriented attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty want to wish you a safe and happy holiday season. In preparation for what will be a time to spend with family and friends, decorating your home and enjoying the spirit of the holiday season, we ask that you practice good safety while you are in the holiday season.

Tree Tips: Preventing a Fir Forest Fire

  • A tree should be selected two weeks prior to Christmas, and no earlier. Dry trees are a fire hazard.
  • When selecting a tree for Christmas, needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches. The needles should not break if the tree had been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. You can tell old trees by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground; if a significant amount of needles are shed, the tree was cut too long ago.
  • Do not place a tree close to a heat source, such as a fireplace, radiator, or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, making it more susceptible to fires. Do not light candles or cigarettes near the tree.
  • Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.
  • Dispose your tree by taking it to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community pick up service.

Decoration Tips: Keep Those Lights Burning Bright, Not Your Curtains

  • READ THE MANUALS before installing decorations. The warnings that trial lawyers insist come with retail products like Christmas lights are there for a reason!
  • Always check to see if Christmas decorations are fire resistant or flame-retardant.
  • If string lights have worn, frayed, or broken cords or loose bulb connections, then it should be discarded.
  • Candles, like Channukah menorah candles, must be in stable holders and placed where they cannot be easily knocked over, and away from flammable materials. DO NOT LEAVE LIT CANDLES UNATTENDED.
  • Never dispose of gift wrapping in a fireplace.

Have a safe and happy holidays everyone!

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