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Winter and Holiday Fire Prevention Tips
December is now upon us and with the cold weather comes the desire for warm fires. And this fact means now is also the time for some friendly fire-prevention tips. Did you know that the month of December, followed by the months of January and February, has more house fires than any other month during the calendar year? Did you know that more than half of the December house fires start with burning candles? Here is a quick review from the National Fire Prevention Association to help you have a successful and fire-free holiday season!
- Keep candles at least 12 inches away from any item or material that burns.
- Keep your Christmas tree and other holiday decorations at least three feet from any heat source. (Heat sources too close to trees are responsible for one out of four house fires. So while “O Tannenbaum” lighting is not as common as candles blazing, when a Christmas tree catches fire, it is, sadly, a very dangerous situation. There is one fatality for every 50 fires started by a Christmas tree.) Remember: ALL TREES THREE FEET AWAY FROM FLAMMABLE MATERIALS!
- Be mindful of how many strands of holiday lights you are stringing together.
Clark Griswold is a prime example of what NOT to do (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFtgvOgA96c).
- Do not overload your electrical outlets with holiday lights and decorations. Instead, invest in a few heavy-duty commercial outlet adapters and extension cords.
- Keep all portable heating sources a minimum of three feet away from anything that burns. Portable heating sources are responsible for one in seven house fires.
- Only plug one heat-producing appliance into an outlet at a time.
- Have your chimney and vents swept every year.
We hope these fire-prevention tips will help you all have a safe and happy holiday season!