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Keeping Your Home Merry And Secure: Holiday Fire Safety Tips

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As the holiday season approaches, our homes come alive with the warm glow of lights, the fragrance of freshly baked treats, and the festive decorations that make this time of year so special. However, amid the joy and festivities, it’s important to remember that the holiday season can also bring an increased risk of fires and injuries. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the holiday season is associated with a rise in certain types of fires, often stemming from holiday decorations, Christmas trees, and lights. In this blog, we’ll explore essential fire safety tips to ensure your holiday season remains merry and accident-free.

The Festive Fire Hazard: Christmas Trees

One of the most iconic symbols of the holiday season is the Christmas tree. However, without proper care, Christmas trees can become a fire hazard. Whether you’re pro-live or pro-fake tree, chose wisely. Place the tree away from heat sources like radiators, fireplaces, and heating vents. Inspect your holiday lights for damaged cords or loose bulbs. Replace any damaged items. Always turn off holiday lights when you go to bed or leave the house.

If you do opt for a live tree, make sure it’s fresh. Look for needles that are green and hard to pull off the branches. A well-hydrated tree is less likely to catch fire. Keep the tree stand filled with water and check it daily.

Sparkling Lights and Decorations

And speaking of lights and decorations, they are staples of holiday decor, but they can pose a fire risk if not used safely. Use UL-Certified Lights on your lights, which indicate they meet safety standards. Don’t be like Old Man Parker and overload outlets with too many lights and decorations. Examine cords for damage and avoid pinching them in doors or windows. Finally,  keep Decorations Away from Heat Sources: Don’t place decorations near candles, stoves, or heaters.

Cooking Safety

While holiday feasts are a highlight of the season, the increased cooking can lead to kitchen fires. Fortunately, they are preventable with a few simple steps. Stay alert. Don’t cook all night, and if you are cooking late, be sure to set a timer to remind you when dishes are done or in the off chance you fall asleep. Turn handles away from the edge so children can’t reach the pots/pans and burn themselves with hot food. Keep dish towels, paper towels, and pot holders away from the stove. 

Candle Caution

Candles are often used to create a cozy ambiance during the holidays, but they can be a fire hazard. Battery-operated LED candles are a safer option than real candles, but you should never leave real candles unattended or without candle holders. Candles should be placed on a stable surface so they won’t tip over if the table is bumped and in the middle of a table so little hands don’t grab them. 

With all of these suggestions make sure you keep flammable objects away from heat sources and fires. Also, have a working fire extinguisher close at hand and know how to use it before the fire occurs.

By following these fire safety tips, you can enjoy a festive and secure holiday season with your loved ones. While holiday fires may not be common, they can be devastating when they occur. Let’s keep the warmth and light of the season where it belongs—in our hearts and homes, not in the form of a fire emergency. Wishing you a safe and joyful holiday season!

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