Tis The Season To Be SAFE
11 Holiday Decoration Safety Tips
According to the NFPA, between 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 15 injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage annually. On average, one of every 52 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 135 total reported home fires. Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 44% of home Christmas tree fires. In one-quarter (25%) of the Christmas tree fires, some type of heat source, such as a candle or equipment, was too close to the tree. One-fifth (21%) of Christmas tree fires were intentional. Roughly three-quarters of Christmas tree fires occurred in December or January. Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room.
A Few Fire Safety Tips For Your Holiday Decorations:
- Make sure string lights have no loose connections, cracked lamps or frayed cords.
- Use only a single extension cord that can reach your home’s outlet without being too long and being tangled.
- Use UL-approved lights and cords.
- Make sure lights are off when you go out and before you turn in for the night.
- Make sure all outdoor light connectors are away from metal rain gutters and off the ground.
- Never use candles to light or decorate a tree.
- To lessen the chance of a fire hazard, purchase a freshly cut tree.
- Make sure to keep your tree at least three feet away from any heat source.
- Water the tree every day, and remove it from your home after Christmas or once it becomes dry.
- Don’t burn Christmas tree branches or wrapping paper in your fireplace.
- Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that could burn.