The peak days for home candle fires are Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Every year, over 10,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms due to injuries related to holiday decorating. Help keep family and friends safe this holiday season by following these decorating tips:
Keep lit candles at least 12 inches away from decorations and other things that can burn.
Make sure candles are in stable holders and placed where they cannot tip over.
Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
Never leave children unattended in a room with lit candles.
Consider using battery-operated flameless candles.
Holiday String Lights
Use lights that are listed by UL or another qualified testing laboratory.
Examine your light strings and replace any that have worn or damaged cords or loose bulb connections.
Do not exceed the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.Always turn off all light strings before leaving home or going to bed.
Choose a tree with fresh, green needles.
Before placing the tree in its stand, trim at least 2” from the base of the trunk.
Add water to the tree stand daily.
Keep the tree at least 3 feet from any heat source, like a fireplace, radiator, candle, heat vent, or lamp.
Get rid of the tree when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home, garage, or outside against the home.