Fire Safety tips for the Holidays
The holiday season is an exciting time of the year for most families but that excitement can quickly be extinguished if a fire occurs in the home. The U.S. Fire Administration says that almost 47,000 fires occur during winter holidays taking more than 500 lives. The National Fire Protection Association and U.S. Fire Administration have found that 1 of every 22 home fires started by Christmas trees result in death and candle fires are four times likely to occur during the winter holidays. These are only two of several frequent occurrences during the holiday season for too many families. To help keep your family safe this season, below are some safety tips to follow.
The most common cause of household fires are from cooking. Leaving food unattended is a big reason for this. Before kicking off the holiday cooking season at Thanksgiving be sure to check all smoke detectors to make sure they’re working properly. It’s also always important to keep a fire extinguisher in the home. When you’re cooking keep all paper or plastic bags, kitchen utensils, pot holders and dish towels are kept away from the stove. If you’re going to be cooking with a deep fryer put it at least 10 feet away from your home.
Candles, decorative lights and other seasonal decorations are a big thing for decorating around the holidays. All items should be placed at least 3 ft from any type of heat sources. Prior to using decorative lights check each strand for frayed or cracked wires. Avoid hanging lights on nails or with staples as it could lead to damage to the wiring. If you’ve had lit candles, walk around your home to extinguish them at the end of the evening. The same goes for decorative lights. Prior to leaving your home or going to bed always unplug all lights.
Christmas tree fires are more likely to occur in January after the Christmas season. However, you can never be too safe following these steps to ensure your homes safety. Make sure your tree has fresh, green needles that don’t break easily. Keep your tree fresh by continuing to keep it watered. Never use candles that are lit to decorate your tree. Always unplug your tree lights before leaving for home or going to bed. Have a sturdy tree stand to ensure your tree is stable and won’t fall over.
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