The top three days for home candle fires are Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve. Check out these tips Liz shares for a safe holiday season.
The holidays are coming up fast but before you deck the halls, here are some tips to help you put a freeze on winter holiday fires:
1. Inspect holiday lights each year before you put them up. Throw away light strands with frayed or pinched wires. Check to ensure that outdoor lighting is being used for lighting that will be placed outside.
2. Water your Christmas tree every day. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch on fire easily.
3. Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
4. If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be knocked down easily. Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything flammable.
5. Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
More than half of home decoration fires in December are started by candles, and a heat source too close to the Christmas tree causes 1 in every 4 winter fires. In fact, the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve.
Winter holidays are a wonderful time for families and friends to get together. Following these few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season!
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