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.
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:
- Using lights that
have the mark of an independent testing lab.
- Using lights as
they are intended – indoor lights indoors.
- Unplugging lights
before sleeping or leaving home.
- Discarding lights
with cracked sockets or frayed cords – these problems can cause an
electric shock or fire.
- Never overloading
- Following the
- Remembering that
many decorative lights are temporary – not intended for long term use.
- Checking your home’s
smoke alarms by pressing the test button and replacing any alarm that is
10 years of age or older.
Candle with care
Avoid using lit candles. If you do use them, remember to:
Burn candles inside a three-foot "circle of safety", free of anything
than can burn, such as curtains, furniture, blankets, papers and
Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
Use a sturdy metal, glass or ceramic candleholder.
Never leave a burning candle unattended - always make sure a grown up is in the room with the candle.
Extinguish candles when leaving the room.
- Put candles out before goind to bed or sleeping.
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.