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Winter Holidays Fire Safety Tips

Updated: May 26, 2023

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.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), between 2014 and 2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires per year that started with Christmas trees.

Winter Holidays Fire Safety Tips

NFPA has shared some tips to keep you and your loves ones safe:

A. Holiday Decorating

• 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. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.

• Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.

• Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

Holiday Entertaining

B. Holiday Entertaining

• 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.

Fire Safety Facts

Fire Safety Facts:

• Almost one third of every four home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.

• Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.

• A heat source too close to a Christmas tree causes more than one in every five of the fires.

• 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.

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