While Christmas and other holiday decorations are wonderful and allow you to exhibit your festive spirit for all to see, they can easily turn into a risk (such as fire) to your home and your CT insurance, if they aren’t properly set up and/or taken care of.  Below are a few Christmas decorations that are probably in your home now (or will be in the next few days) that you need to keep an eye on this holiday season to make sure nothing happens:

  • Do you have a real or fake tree? If you go the real tree route, watering it doesn’t only keep it alive and looking great, but it also stops the tree from drying out and becoming an easy target for any close range open flame.  If there are any candles in the near vicinity of the Christmas tree, make sure to pay close attention and never leave the room without extinguishing the flame first. 
  • As for the candles.  We all know that candles can be dangerous no matter what time of the year, but more than likely you have a few more lit this time of year than any other time.  The more candles lit, the higher risk of fire, that much is clear.  But remember, while these bundles of warm smelling wax may bringChristmas cheer to everyone in the home, make sure they aren’t near any hanging garland, wreathes, trees, or other flammable objects. 
  • And how can we talk about Christmas without the abundance of light! While candles are an actual flame that can cause fire, an overloaded outlet filled with a couple extra Christmas lights can be just as dangerous.  Make sure that if you’re really into the Christmas spirit that you have enough outlets and surge protectors to handle the increase in electricity.  One spark can lead to a Christmas season filled with CT insurance claims, and no one wants that!   

Now we’re not saying to stray away from the decorations… in fact, go wild with them as much as you want.  We only ask that you do so safely and with plenty of caution.  Watch those candles, water that tree, and for goodness sake, have enough surge protectors! We at Paradiso Insurance want everyone to enjoy this time of year without an insurance claim!