Holiday Fire Safety

Holiday Fire Safety
More than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires and more than 20,000 are injured. Many of them might be alive today if they had only had the information they needed to avoid a disaster.

Did You Know?

  • 82% of all fire deaths occur in the home.
  • Having a working smoke alarm reduces ones chance of dying in a fire by nearly a half.
  • Most holiday fires can easily be prevented.
  • There are an estimated 200 fires and 25 injuries resulting from Christmas tree fires each year.
Holiday Fire Safety Life-Saving Tips
  • Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home. Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least twice a year when you change your clocks. Consider installing a 10-year lithium battery-powered smoke alarm, which is sealed so it cannot be tampered with or opened.
  • Avoid using lit candles. If you do use them, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they can not be easily knocked over.
  • Do not leave lit holiday lights unattended.
  • Do not overload outlets. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet.
  • Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree and cause it to more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks.
  • Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wire, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear.
  • Never leave the house with candles burning.
  • Never put Christmas tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning stove.
  • Use only lighting evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of your tree is to take it to a recycling center or have it collected by a community pick-up service.