The holidays are a time of joy and celebration, but it’s important to keep safety in mind. During this season, you can easily become overwhelmed with the festivities and forget the potential dangers in your home. Here are a few fire safety tips for the holidays to prevent accidents this season

Fire Safety Tips for Holiday Decor

Holiday tree lights should be UL approved and inspected for frayed wires or broken bulbs before using them. If you have an artificial tree, look for a fire-resistant label. Make sure all electrical cords are in good condition and avoid overloading outlets. If using extension cords, choose cords rated for their intended purpose.

Be Careful With Candles

Candles contribute to a festive ambiance but can also cause burns and fires if not used properly. Always keep candles away from combustible materials like curtains, upholstery, carpets, and holiday trees, and never leave them burning unattended. If children are present, ensure they know to avoid open flames. Extinguish candles before leaving the house or going to bed.

Keep an Eye on Cooking

Whether preparing a holiday meal or just snacking while wrapping gifts, kitchen appliances can pose a fire hazard if left unattended. Regularly inspect appliance cords to verify they’re in good condition. When preparing food, keep flammable materials – like dish towels, napkins, and wooden utensils – away from the stovetop.

Using the Fireplace Safely

With the holidays quickly approaching, many families look forward to gathering around the fireplace. To ensure fire safety during the holiday and prevent accidents, here are some tips for safely using your residential fireplace.

  • Make sure the chimney is inspected and cleaned annually.
  • Never burn garbage, including gift wrap or cardboard boxes, as these materials produce harmful fumes.
  • Keep flammable items such as furniture or curtains away from the fireplace when in use.
  • Install a screen or glass doors to protect children and pets from the flames.

Fire Safety Tips for the Holidays: Check Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are essential for keeping your family safe from fires in the home; however, these devices only work when installed correctly. Place smoke detectors on each level of the house and in bedrooms so the alarm will wake everyone in an emergency. Additionally, test each detector regularly to ensure the batteries are working and replace them as needed.

These tips will help ensure your family enjoys a happy and safe holiday this year. Remember to check electrical cords, inspect holiday tree lights, and use candles carefully. You’ll protect your family and home from the danger of fire.

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