Did you know that more than 1/3rd of home decoration fires are started by candles? And more than 2 our of every 5 decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source (NFPA, 2019).
Decorations such as: trees, lights and candles increase the risk of home fires during the holidays. Take this as a friendly reminder to test your smoke alarms and practice a home fire escape plan with your family.
When decorating and entertaining this holiday season, keep these tips from the National Fire Protection Association in mind:
At one time, Christmas trees featured wax candles on live tree branches inside of homes. Luckily, safer ways to adorn trees have been adopted since then!
If your family plans on purchasing a live tree this Christmas, please also read these additional tips from the National Fire Protection Association:
If you are utilizing an artificial tree, look for a fire-resistant label. Make sure when you are putting up the tree that you keep it away from fireplaces, radiators, candles and other sources of heat;
When using a ladder to hang outdoor decorations, be careful. Make sure that the ladder has a good, stable placement and that you are wearing the proper footwear that provides good traction;
When leaving a room or the house, do not forget to turn off all holiday lights;
Place your Menorah or Kinara on a non-flammable surface to catch the melting candle wax;
If you place stockings on the fireplace mantel, do not light the fireplace.