The holidays are the time of year when family comes together to celebrate! The last thing you probably aren’t thinking about is safety. Taking certain precautions can help you avoid holiday-related disasters. Even simple holiday activities such as decorating and preparing meals come with risks, so proceed wisely to avoid a holiday nightmare.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 25% of holiday tree fires are caused by electrical issues. If your family prefers a live tree, follow these precautions to keep your home safe:
- Buy a fresh tree with green needles that do not fall off when you touch them.
- Before inserting the tree into its stand, cut off two inches of the trunk to ensure good water penetration.
- Place the tree at least three feet away from heat sources.
- Do not place the tree in a space that blocks an exit or creates a trip hazard.
- Refill the tree stand’s water reservoir every day.
Indoor and outdoor holiday lights are fun to have out for the holidays, but following a few safety tips can help you avoid problems:
- Never use lights designed for outdoor use on an indoor tree.
- Before placing lights outside or on tree, look for loose bulbs and frayed or exposed wires. I
- Do not overload power strips.
- Do not keep lights on when you go to bed or leave home.
- Never use extension cords designed for indoor use for outdoor lighting.
- Use low-heat LED strip lights on trees and shrubs.
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Lights are not the only holiday fire risk. Holidays like Christmas have the highest number of fires during cooking because of the increased cooking times and distractions. Some tips you can take while cooking during the holiday season are the following:
- Make sure kids stay at least three feet away from stoves and ovens.
- Don’t cook any dish overnight, or while you’re away from home.
- Plug cooking appliances directly into an outlet, and avoid connecting them to an extension cord.
- Do not place flammable materials such as bags, cooking oil and grease containers, food packaging, oven mitts, towels and wooden utensils near stove burners.
- Clean grease from stovetops and countertops to avoid flare ups.
- Never cook while drinking too much alcohol.
Use battery-operated candles to avoid burns and fires during the holiday season. However, if you choose to use real candles, follow these tips to keep your family and home safe:
- Only use durable candle holders made from glass or metal.
- Never leave candles unattended.
- Keep candles out of reach of kids and pets.
- Never place candles less than three feet away from flammable materials such as beds, carpeting, curtains, holiday trees, and tablecloths.
- Don’t let candles burn to their base.
- Avoid wearing baggy clothing around candles.
- Don’t use candles for outdoor decoration.