Preventing Holiday Burn Injuries And Home Fires

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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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