Residential fires during the holiday season are more frequent, more costly, and more deadly than at any other time of the year. To keep your household from becoming a holiday fire statistic, here are some safety tips to follow.
During the holiday hustle and bustle it is easy to get distracted. Cooking fires are common during the holidays because of food left unattended while it is cooking. Make sure your attention is focused on the task at hand and always make sure there is a fire extinguisher within reach in case a fire does start.
If you’re planning to deep-fry your holiday turkey, do it outside, on a flat, level surface at least 10 feet from the house.
Candle fires are highest during the holiday season To reduce the danger, maintain about a foot of space between the candle and anything that can burn. Set candles on sturdy bases or cover with hurricane globes. Never leave flames unattended. Before bed, walk through each room to make sure candles are blown out. For atmosphere without worry, consider flameless LED candles.
It takes less than 30 seconds for a dry tree to engulf a room in flames. To minimize risk, buy a fresh tree with intact needles, get a fresh cut on the trunk, and water it every day. A well-watered tree is almost impossible to ignite. Keep the tree away from heat sources, such as a fireplace or radiator, and out of traffic patterns. If you’re using live garlands and other greenery, keep them at least three feet away from heating sources and flames
Make sure your chimney is clean before you start using it for the season. Screen the fireplace to prevent embers from popping out onto the floor or carpet, and never use flammable liquids to start a fire in the fireplace. Only burn seasoned wood and keep garland and Christmas trees far enough away from embers.