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Holiday Safety










Tis the season for Christmas trees, Christmas lights, Advent and Hanukkah candles. Many of us celebrate the Holiday Season by placing Christmas Trees in our homes. A Christmas tree brings joy to family and friends, but when mishandled it can also create a greater risk for fire. On average one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires, both live and artificial, result in a death compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires. A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six of Christmas tree fires.

December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. More than half (56 percent) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch on fire is too close to the candle. Make sure you don’t place Advent or Hanukkah candles too close to window curtains or near anything that can catch on fire.

Here is a list of holiday fire safety tips from Central County firefighters and NFPA.

  1. Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that don’t fall off when touched. Brown-colored needles mean the tree is dried out and prone to catch fire.
  2. Place tree at least 3 feet away from any heat sources, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  3. Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  4. Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories, Intertek or the Canadian Standards Association. IMPORTANT: Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  5. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
  6. Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
  7. Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  8. Get rid of a tree when the needles start dropping. This means the tree is drying out.
  9. Overload sockets - try to avoid the use of extension leads or adaptors.
  10. We encourage battery-operated candles, not real ones.
  11. Test your smoke alarms.

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