Holiday Fire Safety

Taking responsibility for your family’s safety is important every day. It rings especially true around the holidays, historically one of the most dangerous times of the year. The following "12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety" tips were developed to prevent the most common types of home fires that occur during the holiday season.

  1. Fresh Christmas trees should be watered daily. Keep them away from ignition sources like the fireplace, heaters or candles.
  2. Before your decorate your home with lights check that none are damaged or frayed and never plug more than 3 strings together.
  3. Working smoke alarms save lives and should be replaced every 10 yrs. A working smoke alarm should be installed on each story of your home.
  4. How old are your CO alarms? Check the age of your alarm and replace it according to the manufacturers instructions
  5. Do you and your family know how to get out safely in case of an emergency? Go over your home emergency plan with your family and guests this season
  6. Use extension cords wisely. Overloading circuits with plugs and extension cords can cause overheating which could lead to a fire.
  7. Space heaters need space. Keep them 3 feet away from anything that can burn like curtains or decorations
  8. Go flameless this season. Instead of using real candles use flameless ones. Keep kids and pets away from open flames
  9. Ensure matches and lighters are kept out of the sight and reach of children.
  10. Watch what you heat. Pay attention when cooking your holiday dinners especially is using oil or high temperatures.
  11. Careless smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires. Encourage smokers to smoke outside and use large deep ashtrays.
  12. Responsible drinking is more than taking a cab home. Be sure to keep a close eye on everyone attempting to smoke or cook under the influence.