From a Firewise perspective, there are tips we can implement in our homes to reduce the risk of fires during this time of year. The National Fire Protection Association has listed some great reminders on their website, NFPA.org/education.
They include the following:
• Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant.
• Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to bed.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 stove top.
Selecting the Tree
• Choose one that is fresh and green and the needles do not fall off when touched.
• Keep the tree at least 3 feet away from any heat source.
• Do not let it block an exit.
• Water it daily.
• Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
• Do not use lights with worn or broken cords.
• Always turn off the Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
By implementing these tips, your home and family will have reduced the risk of having a fire start in your home.