The holidays are the most likely time of the year for household fires. Along with the excitement of colored Christmas trees, lit Menorahs, and lots of yummy food, electrical outlets get over-plugged, stoves are left unattended, and trees dry up. There are several things to do to reduce the risk, having a memorable but safe holiday season.
The number one cause of holiday fires is cooking, the USFA says. Exciting activities distract chefs and their helpers from stoves, and ingredients go up in flames. To reduce this risk, try the following:
Bring a potholder where you go as a reminder.
Check to see that smoke detectors are working.
Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
There are several other common ways holiday fires occur. Whether installing low quality lights, over-plugged electrical outlets, or lighting the house with candles, most incidences can be eliminated, or reduced. The following is a checklist to ensure that holiday festivities are full of joy:
Is your Christmas tree hydrated and watered daily?
Is your Christmas tree away from heat sources?
Do I over-exceed the suggested length of strands on my holiday lights?
Have I over-plugged my electrical outlets?
Am I using high-quality lights and electrical cords, approved by recognized laboratories?
Are matches and lighters away from kids?
Did I clean the chimney before the holiday season?
May the beautiful decorations, delicious foods, and joyful experiences by the fire be met with unforgettable experiences. Along with holiday planning, plan to be safe. These are some suggestions. For further ideas, consult the USFA.