Holiday Safety Tips
1. Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 43% of home Christmas tree fires.
2. Two of every five (40%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.
3. A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four Christmas tree fires.
4. Keep your Christmas tree well hydrated. Water the tree every day. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch on fire easily.
5. Inspect holiday decorations each year before you put them up and throw away any light strands with frayed or pinched wires.
6. To prevent cooking fires, never leave food unattended on the stove. Keep a fire extinguisher that is rated for all types of fires easily accessible.
7. Screen the fireplace to prevent embers from popping out onto the floor or carpet, and never use flammable liquids in the fireplace. Only burn seasoned wood - no wrapping paper!
8. Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn and keep decorations away from windows and doors. Consider using battery-operated flameless candles instead.
9. Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan We wish you a safe and happy holiday!