It’s that time of year again! The holidays are full of joyful celebrations, flickering lights and winter greens. Not to mention, an exciting time to spend with your family and friends! But as you celebrate and be merry this holiday season, don’t forget to be fire safe! December may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also the peak time of the year for home fires. With all the greenery and festive decorations it is a lot more likely for something to catch on fire. We want you to enjoy the holidays and to start the New Year worry free! So, here are a few fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that we wanted to share to help keep you and your family safe this holiday season.
HOLIDAY FIRE SAFETY TIPS:
- Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
- Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
- Make sure your tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
- If you have a real tree, don’t forget to add water to the tree stand daily.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
- Make sure the decorations are not blocking an exit.
- Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
- Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree!
- Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stove top.
- Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.
- Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.
- Blow out lit candles and turn off all light strings and decorations before leave home or going to bed.
Of course every good thing must come to an end, and once the New Year is here the holidays are over. So make sure to remove the tree before it becomes dried-out to prevent any fires from starting. Make sure to bring all of your holiday lights and any other electrical devices from outside back inside. Store all the extension cords and lights in a dry attic or closet to prevent fire hazards and make them last longer.
For more information about holiday fire safety, please visit The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website.