Getting By

Do not let the busyness of the holiday season overshadow the safety of your house. Increased cooking and baking, decorating and entertaining can mean increased risk of fire and accidents. The following list is courtesy of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors website.

• Choose holiday decorations which are flame-resistant, flame-retardant and non-combustible, whenever possible.

• Check lights for frayed wires, broken sockets or bulbs and loose connections. Mount lights by stringing through hooks or use insulated staples to avoid damaging the cord’s wire insulation. Never p...