Holiday Fire Safety

Put a Freeze on Winter Holiday Fires

Home fire fatalities increase during the winter. To make sure communities know about the increased risk, USFA partners with the National Fire Protection Association to Put a Freeze on Winter Fires. The initiative focuses on hazards that may increase a family’s risk of having a house fire.

With new or reinstated restrictions due to COVID, this holiday season may look different than in years past. Families may put up more holiday decorations to lift their spirits. Remind them to decorate safely.

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Holiday Fire Safety

The winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. It’s fun to decorate for the winter holidays, but holiday decorations can increase your risk for a home fire. As you deck the halls this season, be fire smart.

Following a few simple tips can help make your holidays fire-safe:

    Water your live Christmas tree every day. A dry tree is a fire hazard. Trees too close to a heat source cause 1 in every 4 winter fires.

    Make sure you are using the right lights. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.

    Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.

    Choose holiday decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.

    Keep lit candles away from decorations and things that can burn. More than 1/3 of home decoration fires are started by candles.  Consider using flameless candles, they look very similar and are safer.

    Blow out lit candles and turn off all light strings and decorations when leaving the room or going to bed.

    Make sure your decorations don’t block windows and doors.

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