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Holiday Fire Hazards

Dec 17, 2015 Homeowner Tips

December is one of the busiest times of the year. There is always so much to do—from shopping, to hosting and attending parties, to keeping up with family traditions. We get it. It’s a lot. But did you know that December is the peak time of year for certain kinds of house fires? We want to make sure that you and your family are safe this December. So to help you be safe, we’ve put together a list of the top holiday fire hazards so you can be sure to avoid them.

Candles

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are the top two days for home candle fire disasters. During December people tend to use more candles for decorations and home entertainment. A large part of Hanukkah celebrations consists of lighting candles. However, candles are a huge hazard if not properly used. When using candles be sure the holders or candlesticks can keep the candle upright and cannot be easily knocked over. Keep the candles away from pets and children as well as anything that might catch fire. Always extinguish the flame when you’re finished using the candle.

Heating Systems

The winter months can be biting. To warm ourselves up we often turn up the heat, turn on the space heaters and put a log on the fire to burn. December is one of the peak months for home heating fire disasters. Be sure that any decorations, especially Christmas trees are at least three feet away from any heat sources. When using a fireplace, be sure it is properly cleaned out and that the ventilation system is fully functioning.

Lights

Twinkling lights are apart of the joy of the season. However, frayed or cracked strands of lights are a potential fire hazard. Be sure to take care of your lights by taking them down 90 days after putting them up so they don’t get ruined being outside for so long. When using mini lights, be sure that there are no more than 3 strands connected together. When using screw-in bulb sets, be sure there are no more than 50 bulbs per set.

We know your December is busy, but we want to make sure it’s a safe holiday season for everyone. Take the time today to inspect your decorations and heating systems to make sure they properly set up to avoid any disasters. It’ll be worth the time and will provide for a much more enjoyable holiday.

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