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Holiday Fire Prevention
Each year fires occurring during the holiday season injure 2,600 individuals and cause over $930 million in damage. There are simple life-saving steps you can take to ensure a safe and happy holiday. By following the outline safety tips, you can greatly reduce your chance of becoming a holiday fire casualty.
Special fire safety precautions need to be taken when keeping a live tree in the house. A burning tree can rapidly fill a room with fire and deadly gases.
Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gasps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Use only lighting listed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
All decorations should be nonflammable or flame-retardant and placed away from heat vents. Never place wrapping paper in a fireplace. It can throw off dangerous sparks and produce a chemical buildup in the home that could cause an explosion.
Avoid using lit candles. If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Never leave the house with candles burning. Do not go near a Christmas tree with an open flame.
This information was obtained from the United States Fire Administration Office of Fire Management Programs.