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3 Holiday Fire Safety Tips

Be careful when setting up decorations up in your home for the holidays.

It is officially December which means Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are quickly approaching.  If you are celebrating a holiday this month, you will probably handle items, including light and candles, which ignite flames or can cause a fire.  The last thing you want to happen this holiday season is a fire starting in your home while you are celebrating with your family.  It is critical that you follow these simple holiday fire safety tips that your family can enjoy all of the upcoming festivities in peace.

Christmas Tree

If you celebrate Christmas, it likely that you will install a tree, whether is real or fake, and decorate it.  If you set up a real tree into your home, make sure it is a fresh green with needles that are still intact.  It is crucial that you water your tree daily because a dry tree is a serious fire hazard and cause serious damage to your home.  Make sure that the tree and any decorations are at least three feet away from any heat sources such as a fireplace.  Once Christmas is over, take it out of your home and look into recycling programs in your community.

Lights

It is vital that you handle any decorative lights with care and make sure you are using the correct lights for the interior and exterior of your home.  Before you hang your lights up, inspect them for any cracked wires or broken sockets.  Avoid running more than three string of lights end to end.  Instead, you should choose to stack lights over each other so that they take up less space and reduce the chances of fire hazard.  Make sure to set your lights up with clips or hanger to avoid damaging them.

Candles

During December, people tend to bring out the candles and light them to add some warmth for the holidays.  Although, according to the National Fire Protection Association, Christmas/Christmas Eve and New years/New Year’s Eve are the four most dangerous days of the year for residential candle fires.  It is essential that you keep at least one foot of between a lit candle and any item that is flammable.  Make sure you set a candle onto a sturdy base and never leave them unattended when they are lit.  Before you go to bed, goto each room and blow every candle out.

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