Holiday Safety

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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.


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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

(​Source: NFPA)

​Stay safe this holiday season!