As we enter into the holiday season it is important to be aware of the fire hazards that can be caused by some of your most loved decorations and activities. The holiday season is a time of joy, but it is also a time when fire damage to homes becomes more prevalent. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 57% of house fires reported in December are the results of candles. Along with that, 44% of house fires can be associated with holiday trees. By understanding and being aware of these hazards around the holidays, you have an opportunity to ease the risk of a fire in your home. Below we have compiled some holiday fire safety tips.
Fire Safety Tips for Cooking During the Holidays
- Always keep children and flammable objects well away from an active stove or oven.
- Clean up grease spills fast! Baking soda usually helps do the trick.
- If you are deep frying anything, ensure the fryer is away from structures, trees, and flammable objects.
- Don’t overfill your oven just to try and get everything heated at once.
Fire Safety Tips for Indoor Trees During the Holidays
- If you prefer a real tree, make sure you water it every single day.
- When picking out a real tree, always check for freshness. You want the limbs to be green and healthy.
- If you use string lights on your tree, make sure not to plug more than three strands into each other.
- Always unplug your lights before going to sleep or leaving your home.
- Consider an artificial tree, which adheres to strict safety standards.
- Always keep your tree at least three feet away from any heat sources, like space heaters and fireplaces.
Fire Safety Tips for Holiday Lighting
- Don’t overload a circuit or extension cord.
- Be sure to check your string lights for fraying or chew marks, especially if they are old. If you spot this type of damage, it is safest to replace the entire setup.
- Never run electrical cords under carpets or rugs.
- Always turn off and unplug your lights before going to bed or leaving the house.
Fire Safety Tips for Heating Your Home During the Holidays
You should always keep all of your holiday decorations and home decor at least three feet away from heat sources.
- Candles – never leave a lit candle unattended and always make sure it is placed on a stable and non-flammable surface.
- Fireplaces – Make sure to keep your fuel source away from the fire and always have a fire screen in place.
- Heating Equipment – Your space heater should be at least 3 feet away from flammable objects.
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Now that you have the tips and tricks for keeping everyone safe this holiday season, you’re ready for the food, fun, and quality time with your family that follows.
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