Use care when decking the halls this holiday season

By Susan McKelvey

Holiday decorations are a hallmark of the season, but many of them carry potential fire hazards that can quickly turn a festive time of year into a tragic one.

As you deck your halls this holiday season, make sure to keep fire safety in mind. Home candle and decoration fires peak in December, with nearly half of all holiday decoration fires occurring because the decorations are placed too close to a heat source.

Two out of every five home decoration fires are started by candles. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are the top three days of the year for candle fires.

Christmas trees also present a potential fire hazard in the home; one of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.

Although Christmas tree fires aren’t particularly common, when they do occur, they are likely to be serious. Between 2007 and 2011, one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires in that time.

Our “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign with USFA offers a host of tips and recommendations on holiday decorating, and for keeping fire-safe throughout the winter season. Make sure to check them out!

Source:: NFPA – Safety Information


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