According to the U.S. Fire Administration, fires during the holidays claim the lives of more than 400 people and cause more than $900 million in damage. Common causes of holiday fires include:
- Christmas trees
- Holiday lights
To help keep your family safe during the holiday season, we recommend the following fire safety tips.
- If you purchase an artificial Christmas tree, look for a fire resistant tree.
- If you purchase a real Christmas tree, be sure it is fresh and not dried out.
- Keep your Christmas tree away from fireplaces and radiators.
- Do not place lights with frayed wires on the Christmas tree.
- Never leave lights on when you leave your home or go to bed.
- Do not place electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become electrically charged and you can get shocked.
- Do not use nails or tacks to hang outdoor lighting. Use insulated staples.
- Use only three sets of lights for each extension chord.
- Avoid using candles. If you decide to use candles, do not leave them unattended.
- Never leave a fireplace unattended and do not burn wrapping paper in the fireplace.
Most importantly, make sure your smoke detectors are properly working during the holiday season.
Also, always be sure your home security system is properly working to help alert authorities. If you’re a small business owner also be sure to make sure your fire alarm system is properly working. You can apply these tips to your business as well.
Following these tips will help keep your family and home safe during the holidays.