The winter holidays are a time for family and friends to celebrate. However, the holidays are also a time for an increased risk of fire in your home. Following a few common sense safety tips will help to ensure that fire takes a holiday this season!
Holiday Decorating Tips
Keep candles away from decorations and anything else that can be easily ignited.
Choose flame retardant or flame resistant decorations if available.
Inspect your Christmas light strings for fraying, cracking, or split wiring. Do not use light strings that are damaged.
Choose an artificial tree this year as they are proven much safer than real trees.
If using a real tree, remember to keep it watered. Check for dryness by plucking a needle from the treeand flex it between your thumb and forefinger, If it breaks, the tree is too dry and should be removed immediately.
Holiday Entertaining Safety Tips
Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and replace the batteries if needed.
Tell your guests about your home fire escape plan if they are staying overnight.
Pay attention to holiday cooking and stay in the kitchen and keep children away from the hot stove.
Keep smoking materials away from kids. Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers to use. It is best if they smoke outside the home.
Keep kids and pets away from lit candles.
Before going to bed or leaving your home, make sure to blow out all lit candles and turn off all Christmas lights.
Did You Know?
2 out of every 5 fires involving holiday decorations are started by candles
Almost 50% of all fires involving holiday decorations happen because decorations are placed too close to a source of heat