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Posted on: December 1, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Winter Holiday Safety

FACTS

--One-quarter of home decoration fires happen in December.

--More than half of the December home decoration fires are started by candles.

--Half of the holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.

HOLIDAY DECORATING

--Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.

--Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.

--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. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in-bulbs. Read manufacturer's instructions for number of LED strands to connect.

--Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.

--Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING

--Test your smoke alarms and tell quests about your home fire escape plan.

--Keep children and pets away from lit candles.

--Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.

--Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.

--Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.

--Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette buts with water before dicarding.

BEFORE HEADING OUT OR TO BED

--Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed.

--Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.

All information is referenced from NFPA Public Education Division. To view this site go to www.nfpa.org/education or click above on Department, then Fire Department, then Useful Links, and then National Fire Protection Agency.

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