Put a Freeze on Winter Holiday Fires

Traditionally, the winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. It’s fun to decorate for the winter holidays and cook special meals, but holiday decorations and cooking can increase your risk for a home fire. As you deck the halls this season or fix a festive meal.

Be careful with your holiday decorations. Make sure they don’t block windows and doors. Additionally, following a few simple tips can help make your holidays fire-safe.

  • Water your live Christmas tree every day. A dry tree is a fire hazard. Trees too close to a heat source cause one in every four winter fires.
  • Make sure you are using the right lights. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and things that can burn. More than 1/3 of home decoration fires are started by candles. Consider using flameless candles, they look very similar and are safer.
  • Blow out lit candles and turn off all light strings and decorations when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Cooking is the main cause of home fires and injuries no matter the season. From frying a turkey to making pies, be sure to follow these tips to prevent cooking fires.
  • Stand by your pan – if you leave your kitchen, turn the burner off.
  • Watch what you’re cooking. If you see any smoke, or grease starts to boil, turn the burner off.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove to prevent them being bumped or pulled over.
  • Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby to put out pan fires.
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