How to Prevent Christmas Fires

December 10, 2017
by Staff Reports

From National Fire Protection Association:

 

  • Make sure string lights have no loose connections, cracked lamps or frayed cords.

  • Use only a single extension cord that can reach your home’s outlet without being too long and being tangled.

  • Use UL-approved lights and cords.

  • Make sure lights are off when you go out and before you turn in for the night.

  • Make sure all outdoor light connectors are away from metal rain gutters and off the ground.

  • Never use candles to light or decorate a tree.

  • To lessen the chance of a fire hazard, purchase a freshly cut tree.

  • Make sure to keep your tree at least three feet away from any heat source.

  • Water the tree every day, and remove it from your home after Christmas or once it becomes dry.

  • Don’t burn Christmas tree branches or wrapping paper in your fireplace.

  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that could burn.

 

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