Severe burn injuries unfortunately happen every winter. As we eliminate the outdoor grill and cook inside, celebrate with lights and candles, and heat our homes, the risk for a fire increases. Below, please review safety tips for preventing home fires during the holidays.
General holiday safety tips to prevent fires:
- Test smoke alarms once a month
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years
- Candles should be kept at least a foot away from flammable material when lit
- Extinguish candles before leaving home or going to bed
- Turn off holiday lights and light strings before leaving home or going to bed
- Keep flammable decorations away from fireplaces, candles, heating vents and space heaters
- Do not use outdoor-only lights inside your home
- Do not use indoor-only lights outside of your home
- If you are cooking something on the stovetop, do not leave the kitchen until you have turned off the stove
Tips to prevent Christmas tree fires:
Christmas trees do not catch on fire all that often, but when they do, the resulting fires can spread quickly – especially if the tree is dry. Prevent such fires with these tips:
- Water your tree daily, or at least check it daily to make sure the water level hasn't fallen below the bottom of the tree trunk – National Fire Protection Association demonstrations have proven that a dry tree creates a hotter, fast-spreading fire compared to a well-watered tree
- When you are buying a tree, try to find one that appears as fresh as possible, without a lot of needles already falling
- Check light strands for frayed/damaged cords, broken bulbs and loose light connections – use a new light strand if you find any of these things
- Use a single, undamaged, heavy duty extension cord for lights
- Choose an extension cord that is not too long to avoid tangles
- Never decorate a tree with real candles
- Place your tree at least three feet from heating sources
- Use UL-approved lights
- Turn off light strands before leaving your home or going to bed
Please follow these safety measures to better ensure the health, well-being and joy of your loved ones this winter.
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