Home Decorating Tips, Inside the Home — December 16, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

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The combination of winter and the holidays is sure to increase the odds for unexpected fires. Here are a few safety tips to ensure you have a safe winter and a happy holiday season.

Candles:

December is the peak month for home candle fires. More than half (56-percent) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch on fire is too close to the candle.

  • Place candles in sturdy, fireproof candle holders where they can’t be knocked over.
  • Make sure all candles are out before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Keep candles, matches, and lighters out of children’s reach.
  • Keep candles away from Christmas trees, evergreen clippings, decorations, presents, and wrapping paper.

The Tree:

  • Make sure to set up your tree at least three feet from any heat source, including fireplaces, heating vents, radiators or candles.
  • Water your live tree daily, making sure there’s plenty in the tree stand.
  • Use tree lights that have a label from a recognized testing laboratory (UL Listing, for example). Read the instructions for the number of light strands to connect. Don’t connect more than labeled.
  • Turn the lights off before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Dried-out trees are a fire hazard. When you’re done with the tree, don’t leave it around the house, garage or in the yard. Check with your local community to find a recycling program for trees.

Here’s to a safe and happy holiday season in your home.