|Holiday Décor Hazards|
|By PIO / Fire Prevention Officer Scot Best|
|December 1, 2021|
Nothing spreads cheer quite like holiday decorations, but care must be used to ensure your festive winter décor is fire-safe. Candles are widely used in homes throughout the holidays, which means December is the peak month for home candle fires. One-third (33%) of home decoration fires are started by candles. If you’re decorating with candles this holiday season, consider using the battery-operated kind. Additionally, each year, fire departments nationwide respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. A heat source too close to the Christmas tree started over one-quarter (26%) of these fires. Almost one third of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems. Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they occur, they are likely to be serious.
The Ridge VFD offers these steps you can take to deck your halls safely:
• Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant. Two of every five decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.
Carefully decorating your home for the holidays can help make your holidays safer.
Remember, as in every season, have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home. Make sure to test your smoke alarms regularly and keep them clean. Don’t forget to practice your home escape plan!