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Posted on November 15, 2017
Safety Tips During the Holidays
The holidays are a time when most people think about family, festivities and good cheer. Few of us consider that the holidays also present an increased risk of home fires.
Most home fires during the holiday season involve cooking, Christmas trees, candles and holiday decorations. Most home fires can be prevented during the holidays and beyond by taking preventive measures.
Kitchen and Cooking Safety
Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. Safety in the kitchen is extremely important especially in cases where there is a lot of activity in the home. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires and injuries in the U.S. Most cooking fires involve the stovetop.
Candles are widely used in homes throughout the holidays. More than half of all candle fires start because the flame is too close to things that can catch fire. More than 1/3 of home candle fires begin in the bedroom. December is the month when most home candle fires occur.
Christmas Tree Safety
One out of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems; one in six is the result of a heat source too close to the tree. Artificial trees should be labeled certified or be identified by the manufacturer as fire-retardant. Fresh trees should have green needles that do not fall off when touched. Trees should be watered daily to avoid drying out.
Please stay safe throughout the holiday season.