Holiday Safety

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Candles

  • More than half of the home decoration fires in December are started by candles.
  • The top 3 days for home candle fires are Christmas Day, New Year's Day and New Year's Eve.
  • Keep candles away from anything that burns.
  • Use flameless candles near flammable materials.
  • Before leaving the room extinguish the candle and never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.

Christmas Trees

  • Do not place trees in areas that block hallways, exit ways, or doors.
  • A heat source too close to the Christmas Tree causes 1 in every 4 winter fires.
  • Do not have any open flames (candles, lanterns, and heaters) near the tree or any other flammable material.
  • Make sure heating ducts are off or pointed away from the tree to avoid drying out the tree.
  • Check the tree's water level daily, make sure there is enough water to submerge the fresh cut section of the trunk.
  • Remove the tree from your home when the tree becomes dry.

Lights

  • Before hanging your lights look for frayed wires, damaged bulb sockets, and worn insulation.
  • When working on a ladder keep yourself centered and do not overreach.
  • Don't overload the outlet by plugging in too many lights. Only connect up to the maximum set of lights found on the box.
  • Use outdoor rated extension cords outside and plug them into a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupting) outlet.

Space Heaters

  • Purchase space heaters that have a label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Plug the space heater directly into the outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip which could overheat.
  • Avoid placing the heater in high traffic areas and anywhere they may pose a tripping hazard.
  • Keep all flammable materials at least three feet from the heat!
  • Unplug the heater when it is not in use.