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Deck the Halls with Fire Safety in Mind

As you deck the halls during the most wonderful time of year, pay close attention to your holiday décor. More than half of home decoration fires in December are started by candles. Keep decorations away from heat sources to decrease the risk of home fires. Following these safety tips will ensure a happy and safe holiday season.


Christmas Tree 

Carefully decorating your home can help make your holidays safer. Between 2013 - 2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 780 home structure fires per year that began with decorations, excluding Christmas trees.

 

Additional Seasonal Tips 

  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away. Keep hot food and liquids away from children. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Be sure electric cords are not dangling off the counter (i.e. from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer.)
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave a lit candle in an unattended room.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button before the holiday.