The holiday season offers opportunities to literally “deck the halls” with festive lights and other decorations while entertaining friends and family. But these popular traditions may also increase the risk of accidental fires as candles, Christmas trees and the bustle of holiday cooking contribute to the most common incidents. Know what to do to help avoid the common fire mishaps.
6 Tips for Holiday Fire Safety
It may seem like common sense, but when the busyness of the holiday season captures your attention, you can easily overlook the practical steps you can take to help avoid accidental fires. These six reminders will help keep your holiday free from fire mishaps.
- Turn off or unplug all electrical holiday lights before leaving your home or office, or before going to bed
- Never leave food cooking on your stovetop or in the oven unattended
- Keep candles and sparklers away from combustible materials, and extinguish all candles or other open flames before leaving the room or going to bed
- Do not overload electrical outlets, and keep all electrical cords out of the reach of children, and away from snow or standing water
- Use non-combustible decorations where possible. Keep Christmas trees and combustible decorations away from your fireplace, space heaters and open flames
- Do not block doorways; keeping paths to exits in the house clear can help you and your family get out safely in case of a fire