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The holidays are a wonderful time of the year. They also pose some unique challenges when it comes to fire safety! Here’s a big round-up of tips to help you keep your holidays merry and bright this year – without an accidental house fire! The five situations below all pose a fire safety threat that can be minimized with proper planning and prevention:
Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 45 reported home Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 139 total reported home fires. 25% of Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems. Another 25% of Christmas tree fires are caused by a heat source too close to the tree. Keep your home and family safe this season by following these tips for Christmas tree safety.
The top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Eve. Candles start two out of five home decoration structure fires. Follow these tips to help avoid candle fires this holiday season:
Lights and other holiday decorations can pose an additional source of fire danger during the holidays if used incorrectly. Follow these tips to prevent fires due to holiday lights:
Holiday Cooking Fires
Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
If you have a small (grease) cooking fire and decide to fight the fire...
If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire…
With temperatures dropping, having a cozy fire in the fireplace can be a real treat! However, if your chimney is not cleaned regularly, a chimney fire could be a potential concern. Chimney fires can burn explosively, which can cause severe damage to the chimney and ignite the nearby combustible parts of your home.
Chimney fires often lead to house fires. It’s important to follow safe fire-burning practices and keep regular maintenance on your chimney.