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.