Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get
together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. Following a few simple
tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.
careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame-resistant
lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs
for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands
clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
decorations away from windows and doors.
your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
children and pets away from lit candles.
matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with
them so young children do not touch them.
large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before
Heading Out or to Bed
out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Turn off all light
strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
of every home decoration fires are started by candles.
Nearly half of holiday decoration
fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.