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Holiday Fire Safety Tips

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Tips for Holiday Fire Safety

Based on the study done by American Red Cross, during winter holiday season, holiday fires take about 500 lives and do more than $554 million dollars in fire damages.

Since holiday season is starting slowly we’ve put together a list of fire safety tips so that we could combat the numbers above and ensure that you have safe holidays.

Why fires are caused during winter

There are number of reasons and factors that can contribute and increase the risk of fire during winter.

They can be either through the increase usage of candles or Christmas tree lights, all the way to fireplace mishaps.

We know that a nicely decorated Christmas tree is beautiful, but you need to keep certain fire safety tips in mind and always exercise caution.

Generally, a fire safety tips for the holidays includes:

  • Put out a candle before you leave the room. Fires caused by candles happen 4 times more frequently during the holidays.
  • Don’t throw wrapping paper, herbage or any kind of debris in your fireplace. Use the trash can instead!
  • Don’t leave children unattended around the fireplace, open flames or candles. Make sure that you’re there with them to supervise
  • Before turning on the space heater, make sure to check it for cord damage or if it’s working properly. If it’s not safe, don’t use it.
  • Make sure that your smoke detectors work properly. Make sure they have fresh batteries and spare batteries.
  • Deaths cause by home fires in homes with broken smoke detectors are twice as high during the holiday season than normally.

Every household is packed, busy and there’s a never-ending list of things to do, from dusting the mold off the fruit cake from last year.

However, that is one of the main reasons we have to be extra vigilant. Be aware of the possible fire dangers and practice fire safety tips.

Christmas tree fire safety tips

  • If you’re buying a live Christmas tree, make sure that it’s fresh.
  • Do NOT put the Christmas tree next to the fireplace
  • Don’t put real candles on has decoration
  • Put the Christmas tree in places where they don’t block doorways.
  • If you’re buying artificial Christmas tree, make sure you get one that’s fire-resistant
  • Inspect every stand of the lights before putting them on the tree.
  • You shouldn’t use more than 3 sets of Christmas lights on one extension cord
  • If you plan on going away for a few days during the holidays, turn off the Christmas lights.
  • Unplug every nonessential electronic device inside the house
  • Use only non-combustible and fire-resistant decoration

Fire safety for outdoor decoration

Some families also put out Christmas decoration outside of their house. Remember that just because the decoration is outside the house, you shouldn’t neglect fire safety tips and precautions.

Just as with Christmas tree decorations, you need to make sure that the Christmas lights are in good shape.

Make sure there’s no damage on the wiring and that the cord for the extension cord isn’t damage or frayed.

This can result in a fire, followed by water damage when the fire department extinguishes the fire.

We hope that these holiday fire safety tips will help you. We also hope that you will enjoy the holiday seasons this year!

If your home has already dealt with fire damage and you would like professional help, contact our team with ASAP Restoration today!