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Safety and Savings

As reports of sagging retail numbers roll in this holiday, it’s easy to conclude competitive bargain-hunting is the dominant trend among families who have spent the year making only purchases of necessity. But if cost is the only concern for these spending-savvy “frugalistas,” it could mean they compromise safety.  Being frugal and money conscious is good, being unsafe is not.  It takes a moment to check an item for safety.

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Underwriters Laboratories (www.ul.com), the world’s oldest and most-trusted product safety testing organization, knows that money savings will come in the form of reusing old decorations, shopping at thrift stores or deep discounters, and celebrating and cooking more at home. But if not done carefully, seemingly cheerful activities could quickly put a damper on holiday spirits – December and January are peak months for home fires, deaths and injuries.

To ensure the holiday traditions are remembered for the right reasons, UL suggests families follow these easy-to-remember tips:

  • A fresh tree is key: If the needles are not fresh, it can lead to a greater risk of fire. Remember to ask your tree lot attendant to make a fresh cut to the base of the tree and place it in water as soon as you get home. Place tree in a tree stand that holds at least one gallon of water and check moisture level frequently.
  • Light it right: Carefully inspect each electrical decoration – new or old — before plugging it in. Look for cracked sockets or frayed, exposed wires that could become a shock or fire hazard. Replace damaged items with new, UL-LISTED decorations.
  • Indoor or outdoor? Look for UL Mark: Indoor-use only light strings are marked with UL’s green holographic label. Indoor or outdoor-use light strings are marked with UL’s red holographic label.
  • Shop at retailers you know and trust: Whether you are shopping online or heading to the mall, make sure it is a source you know and trust. Reputable retailers require their products to be UL-LISTED, confirming they have been tested according to UL requirements and are evaluated for potential risk hazards.
  • Look for the UL Mark: Look for a reputable certification mark on the product and packaging to decrease the odds of buying counterfeit products.

·         Examine packaging: Consumers should thoroughly examine every new product prior to use and pay particular attention to products in packages and boxes that do not display brand and product name and a safety certification label.

As I sit in the basement at Gretchen’s snuggled under blankets, let’s also discuss safety whilst keeping warm.

Are consumers’ home heating practices a cause for concern? If not used with safety in mind, products like space heaters, fireplaces and wood-burning stoves can pose serious risks for consumers.

Underwriters Laboratories is asking: where do families fall on the home heating safety thermostat? Are they in the hot zone? If using space heaters, UL suggests families do so with extreme caution – of all fires and injuries related to home heating, 73 percent and 43 percent, respectively, result from improper use of these devices. Think it’s safe and easy to warm the home by starting a small fire in the hearth? Think again. Unfortunately, failure to clean a chimney or flue is the leading cause of all home heating equipment fires combined.

UL suggests following these simple tips to keep families out of “hot zone” while staying safe and warm:

  • All heaters need space. Keep items that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least three feet away from heating equipment.
  • Maintain the chimney and flue by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a trained professional.
  • Use a sturdy fireplace screen to prevent sparks from flying into the home.
  • Keep wood stove doors closed unless loading or stoking the fire.
  • Install wood stove chimney connectors following manufacturer’s instructions or have a professional handle the job, as many injuries are the result of improper installation.
  • Only use heating equipment that has a safety mark of accreditation, such as the UL Mark. Products that bear the UL Mark have been tested to UL’s stringent safety standards and found to be free of foreseeable hazards.
  • Never use cooking stoves, grills or gas ovens to heat a room or home. They could potentially cause deadly carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
  • Maintain all heating equipment by having it inspected, cleaned and fixed annually by a trained professional.
  • Install smoke alarms on each level of the home and a carbon monoxide alarm outside each sleeping area to ensure every area of the home is covered.
  • Always turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed, and never place them in an area where a child is sleeping unsupervised.
  • Look for automatic shut-off features and heating element guards when buying space heaters.
  • Be alert to the danger signs that signal a CO problem such as the absence of a draft in your chimney, fallen soot from the fireplace, or small amounts of water leaking from the base of the chimney, vent or flue.
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