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The Weimer Group wishes you and your family a wonderful holiday season – and a safe one. So, as you enjoy the holidays, please keep these safety tips in mind (brought to you by Erie Insurance):

Trees

  • If you choose to use an artificial tree, make sure it’s fire-resistant.
  • For real trees, freshness is key. Look for a tree with a sticky resin trunk and needles that bend instead of break.
  • Water it daily.
  • Keep your tree at least three feet away from direct heat source (i.e., fireplace, radiator).

Trimmings

  • All trimmings should be made of non-combustible or flame-resistant material.
  • Keep decorations with small removable parts out of the reach of children.

Lights and extension cords

  • Only use lights that have been safety tested by an independent testing lab (look for the label of approval on the box).
  • Whether they’re new or old, check each set of lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections.
  • Fasten outdoor lights securely.
  • Don’t overload extension cords. Use no more than three sets of lights per cord unless the instructions say otherwise.
  • Never run cords under carpets or rugs.

Candles

  • Place candles within sight and where they cannot be knocked down or blown over.
  • Always use non-flammable holders and keep burning candles away from drafts and vents.
  • Keep candles away from other decorations.
  • Store matches, lighters and candles out of the reach of children.
  • Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.

Fireplace

  • Use a sturdy screen in front of the fireplace to protect against sparks.
  • Place stocking and other trimmings away from the direct heat of the fireplace.
  • Don’t burn gift wrap.
  • Have your fireplace inspected and cleaned annually by a professional, certified chimney sweep.
  • Don’t use gasoline, kerosene or lighter fluid to start a fire.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.

Should the unexpected happen and you need to file a claim, you can call us at 888.304.6678 and follow the prompts. You can also visit our virtual insurance agency and begin the claim process by clicking here. As we approach the end of 2011, we hope the coming year finds you healthy, happy and filled with excitement. If we can help you with your Pennsylvania insurance, please be sure to contact us for any concerns you may have.

Posted 12:15 PM

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