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Each year fires occurring during the holiday season claim the lives of over 400 Americans, injure 1,650 more and cause over $990 million in damage, according to the United States Fire Administration.
Ensure a safer and happier holiday by following some precautionary tips.
Holiday lights and other decorative lighting with line voltage are involved with an estimated 170 home fires every year according to the National Fire Protection Association. These fires also cause an average of seven deaths, 17 injuries and almost $8 million in direct property damage. Help ensure a joyful winter holiday season when using decorative lights by:
Candle with care
Avoid using lit candles. If you do use them, remember to:
Use only decorations that are nonflammable or flame retardant and keep away from heat sources like heating vents, candles, fireplaces, smoking materials, etc.
And, install and maintain smoke alarms in your home.