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Prevent House Fires During The Holiday Season

Do you know that Christmas trees cause an average of 10 house fires each day? Keep reading to find out what you can do to make your home safer this winter.

Unfortunately, house fires spike during the holiday season due to decorations, electrical hiccups, and cooking incidents. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Christmas trees alone cause an average of 10 home fires a day!

As much as we all love to decorate, but all that Christmas cheer can go away in the blink of eye if you’re not careful. Many of our favorite holiday decorations can cause a home fire. The following is a list of popular holiday décor items that pose a fire risk and safety precautions you can take to keep your family safe this holiday season:

Around the House:

-Christmas Tree: Having a live or artificial tree in your home is a big fire risk. Make sure your tree is at least three feet from heat sources such as fireplaces and radiators. If your tree is in the same room as a fireplace, make sure it’s secured down tight so that it won’t tip over into a fire. It is also recommended to position your tree in a location that does not block a doorway or exit route.

-Lights: Whether you’re setting up am illuminated village or a simple string of lights, be sure to check any electrical wires. Mice commonly find their way into holiday storage and gnaw away at wires. Bulbs can also crack if they are mishandled. Don’t use any electrical decorations if they are in anything other than perfect working condition.

-String lights: Limit yourself to connecting only three string light sets at a time, per the URL recommendation. If you’re working with large bulbs, make sure there are no more than 50 bulbs connected at one time.

-Candles: Clearly, anything with an open flame should be monitored at all times. Ensure you place candles on a stable, heat-resistant surface, where you won’t forget they are burning. Make sure they are also out of reach of children and pets.

-Closed Doors: This one should really be used all year round, but especially during the holiday season when so many decorations and candles are around. Families should sleep with bedroom doors closed. This safety tip just might be the key in keeping a house fire contained.

Cooking Fire Prevention Tips:

Aside from decorations, the next holiday item we all look forward to is all the yummy foods! The days and nights are filled with our favorite dinners, cookies, and family favorite recipes. However, cooking in a crowded hot kitchen can be a recipe for fire. To prevent a cooking disaster this holiday season, review these tips:

-Keep a Fire Extinguisher: Always keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Make sure everyone is your home knows home to use it in the event of a fire emergency. Always keep it easily accessible and make sure everyone knows where it is located.

-Check Your Smoke Alarms: If you don’t have one in or near your kitchen, get one! Make sure it has been replaced at least once in the last ten years.

-Grease Fires: Remember to never try to extinguish a grease fire with water-it only causes the fire to spread. Instead, use a fire extinguisher or if it’s small enough, extinguish the flames with a lid. Prevent grease fires by cleaning your stove regularly.

-Kitchen Rules: If your family has young children or pets, work together to create a safe zone around the stove. Encourage a three-foot distance rule from the stove at all times.

We love cozying up to a fire in the winter as much as the next person, but we prefer fire to stay inside fireplaces! For more fire and safety ideas for your home and business, visit our website @ www.firefighter-pgh.com.

We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

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