The holidays are a time for merriment, joy and celebration but they are also when Fire Departments see an uptick in residential fires. Don't let your holidays go up in flames...as you get into the spirit, stay mindful of potential hazards. Scroll below to learn more.
Christmas happens to be the number one day for candle fires. This holiday season, we encourage you to opt for flameless, battery-operated candles. If you do light traditional candles in your home, keep them 12 inches away from anything that can burn, use sturdy candle holders and always blow candles out before leaving the room.
Check and replace lights that have worn or broken cords, and look for any signs of loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer's instructions to make sure you are using your lights appropriately (indoor versus outdoor), and to see how many strands you can safely connect. Hang outdoor lights with clips rather than nails to prevent strands from becoming damaged, and turn off all holiday lights when going to bed or leaving the house.
Holiday Cooking Fires
Holiday cooking fires are another reason we see a spike in home fires during winter months. Click here for cooking safety tips and remember to never leave food cooking unattended!
Smoke alarms save lives. Make sure you have working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Check your smoke alarms once a month to make sure they are working, change smoke alarm batteries twice each year, and completely replace smoke alarms once every ten years.
Christmas trees become increasingly flammable as they continue to dry out in your home. Water your tree on a daily basis and make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles and heat vents. Turn your tree lights off before heading to bed or leaving your home. Most importantly, dispose of your tree immediately after Christmas. While tree fires may not be common, they are serious when they do occur. See additional tips today.