While the holiday season is supposed to be filled with joy, it can also be a pretty dangerous time of the year. Accidents like house fires spike during the holiday season. To prevent your Christmas from getting the wrong kind of bright, we’ll go over some safety tips to keep in mind.
Turn off, extinguish, or unplug all decorations when going to sleep
Most house fire deaths happen between 11:00 pm and 7:00 am. Things like unattended candles or electronics can lead to dangerous situations, which are more dangerous if you happen to be asleep. Too many people lose everything they own, or even their lives because of something as simple as leaving a candle burning overnight. Always blow out your candles, and unplug your Christmas lights before going to bed!
Never Overload Outlets
During the holidays, we tend to have a lot of decorations out. A lot of these decorations require electricity to work, and before you know it, you have 7 different things plugged into one outlet! This is a big mistake. One of the most common causes of holiday house fires is overloaded outlets. Remember, only one high voltage appliance per outlet, and never overload your outlet. While power strips may make decorating easier, they also make things more dangerous. Try to avoid using them whenever possible.
Stay in the Kitchen
Whenever your cooking, its important to stay in the kitchen. You might think it’s fine to head out to get something from the store while your holiday meal cooks in the oven. This assumption can ruin more than your meal. Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of fires, all year long. This doesn’t change during the holidays. Be safe and keep an eye on your oven!
Keep combustibles away from heat
During the winter months, more people tend to use things such as space heaters or their fireplace. This combined with decorations can easily start a fire. Whether you realize it or not, many decorations are highly combustible. All it takes is that the tiniest spark to ignite a fire, and soon the flames get out of control. Always keep combustibles at least 3 feet away from any heat source.
Trees are fire hazards
It’s a holiday tradition for many people to set up and decorate a Christmas tree for the holidays. While this can be a fun activity for you and your family, its important to know the dangers of bringing a tree into your home causes. Always keep your tree hydrated. Water it daily to prevent your Christmas tree from becoming Christmas kindling.
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