The upcoming winter holidays are a time for both family in friends to come together. But, did you know this time of year also brings an increased chance of fire?
A Few Winter Holiday Facts:
- Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in two out of every five home Christmas tree fires.
- More than one-third of home Christmas tree fires started in the living room. All of the fatalities and roughly three-quarters of the injuries resulted from fires started in this area.
- A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four Christmas tree fires.
- U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 840 home structure fires per year that began with decorations, excluding Christmas trees, in 2011-2015.
Want to take steps to try and prevent holiday related fires? We have a few tips to help you and your family stay safe this holiday season.
Holiday Decoration Safety:
- Keep candles at least 12 inches away from all combustible materials.
- Replace light strands with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
- Read manufacturers instructions on how many light strands to connect together.
- Use clips instead of nails or staples.
- Keep decorations away from windows and doors.
- Blow out all candles and turn off all holiday lights before going to bed.
- Keep live trees well watered.
- Get rid of your live tree after Christmas or when it is dry.
- Keep combustible materials, including trees, away from any heat source.
Holiday Entertaining Safety:
- Check all smoke detectors and make everyone aware of your fire escape plan.
- Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
- Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
- Do not leave cooking unattended.