Nearly half of holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.
It’s fun to decorate for the winter holidays, but holiday decorations can increase your risk for a home fire. As you deck the halls this season, be fire smart.
Inspect holiday lights each year before you put them up. Throw away light strands with frayed or pinched wires.
Water your Christmas tree every day. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch on fire easily.
Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be knocked down easily.
Water your Christmas tree every day. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch on fire easily. The following video shows the ignition propensity of a properly maintained Christmas tree compared to that of a dry tree - click here to watch!
Did you know?
Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, the day before Thanksgiving, and Christmas Eve
More than 1/3 of home decoration fires are started by candles
December is the peak month for home candle fires
More than 1 in every 5 Christmas tree fires were caused by a heat source too close to the tree
Ten percent of firework fires occur during the period of December 30 through January 3, with the peak on New Year's Day