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Posted on: December 11, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Holiday Safety Tips


Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. The Gallup Fire Department would like to wish you a safe and festive holiday season and offer a few simple tips to help ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.


  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame-resistant or flame-retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace 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 to connect.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors.


  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
  • Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.
  • Before Heading Out or to Bed
  • Blow 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.


  • Two 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.

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