Did you know that more than one-third of home decoration fires are caused by candles? Did you also know that 2 out of 5 fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source? Fire safety is always important but especially around the holidays. It’s easier during this time of year to forget how quickly a fire can start when small details are overlooked. To help you stay safe during this holiday season, we’re offering a few simple points to help you avoid common holiday fire hazards.

Holiday Lighting

  1. Inspect lighting for worn insulation or loose light bulbs
  2. Turn the lights off before leaving the house or going to bed
  3. Don’t overload electrical sockets
  4. Use clips to fasten lights instead of nails to prevent damage to the wires.
  5. Make sure the lights have been lab tested and UL certified.
  6. Use the appropriate outdoor extension cords for exterior lights.
  7. Only use a maximum of 3 light strands together according to Electrical Safety Foundation.

Christmas Trees

  1. Select a tree that isn’t dry with its needles browning or falling off.
  2. Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2 inches off the base of the tree for optimal watering.
  3. Make sure the tree is three feet away from all heat sources like a radiators, heating ducts or fireplaces
  4. Add water to the tree every morning and every night.
  5. Throw away the tree once it begins to drop needles, this indicates that it is dried out and is a real fire hazard
  6. Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.

Holiday Cooking

  1. Keep kitchen towels and clothing away from the stove
  2. Keep your children and pets away from the cooking area
  3. Use a cooking timer that is loud enough to hear anywhere in the house
  4. Don’t use loose clothing when cooking.
  5. Keep a small fire extinguisher close to the kitchen
  6. Clean the kitchen areas to avoid grease build up

Finally, check your smoke alarms to make sure they are in working order! A safe holiday makes a great holiday and practicing holiday fire safety can ensure that. Follow Associated Fire Protection on our Facebook or Linkedin page for more helpful fire safety tips and resources.

HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON!!

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