How-to Stay Safe During the Holidays
celebrations, flickering lights, and winter greens are hallmarks of the holiday
season, but they also present fire risks that can quickly turn this festive
time of year into a devastating one. Here are the 4 hazards that can cause a
trip to the emergency room.
Lights and Candles
year, more than 50,000 home fires are started by electrical problems, according
to the NFPA. So, when it comes to hanging lights, follow the
directions on the box closely. Follow the obvious:
- · Only use outdoor lights.
- · Always inspect lights
before you hang and plug them in. Check for frayed wires, broken bulbs and
sockets, and loose connections.
be sure to keep a watchful eye on candles; keep them away from the tree,
decorations, and other things that can burn. The U.S. Fire Administration
states that candles cause more than 10 deaths, 175 injuries, and $20 million in
property damage each holiday season.
can lead to hazardous fires. Follow the list below to prevent fireplace fires:
- · Be sure your home has
working smoke alarms on every level.
- · Dispose of ashes with great
care to assure that an unexpected fire will not start due to hot ashes.
- · Only burn seasoned
firewood, meaning wood that is low in moisture.
- · Screen the fireplace to
prevent embers from popping out onto the floor or carpet.
- · Never use flammable liquids
to start a fire in the fireplace.
- · Do not throw wrapping paper
into the fireplace.
- · When cleaning out the
fireplace, put embers in a metal container and set them outside to cool for 24
hours before disposal.
- · Have a professional chimney
sweep inspect and clean the fireplace and chimney annually. Maintenance is
crucial to prevent creosote buildups and potential fires.
to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of
240 home fires begin with Christmas trees every year. These fires result in
deaths, injuries, and roughly $17 million in property damage. When choosing a
real tree, opt for one that is green. If you are going with an artificial tree,
be sure to choose one that is fire-resistant (look for a label). Remember that
trees with built-in electrical systems should also have the label of an
independent test laboratory that is approved to perform safety testing. The
safest tree is a flame-resistant artificial one; follow this advice if you want
to bring a fresh one home.
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