Winter Holiday Safety

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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.


EVFD would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Holiday Season!