Holiday Fire Safety: The List You Should be Checking Twice!

Holiday Fire Safety: The List You Should be Checking Twice!

Holiday Fire Safety

This holiday season, your shopping list isn't the only list you should be making and checking twice. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) suggests that to help ensure your family's well-being, you really should be making a holiday fire safety list.

According to the NFPA, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day trailing not too far behind. In 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 162,400 home structure fires that involved cooking equipment per year. These fires caused an average of 430 civilian fire deaths; 5,400 civilian fire injuries; and $1.1 billion in direct property damage.

Your holiday fire safety checklist:

1. Cooking

Cooking is the leading cause of home structure fires and injuries, and it's also the third leading cause of home fire deaths. To avoid holiday fire safety issues, make sure you:

    • Unplug appliances.
    • Do not leave cooking unattended.
    • Test your smoke alarms before cooking.

    2. Candles

    Nearly 50% of all decoration-related fires occur because decorations are placed too close to a heat source, and 40% of decoration fires are started by candles. To ensure holiday fire safety, never leave candles unattended. Place them on flat, heat-resistant surfaces at least one foot away from anything that can burn; and consider battery-operated flameless candles as an alternative to traditional ones.

    3. Christmas Trees

    Although less common as a home fire source, Christmas trees still pose a threat to holiday fire safety, especially when decorated with lights. Make sure you turn off your lights overnight or when you leave home. Prevent holiday fire safety issues and keep live trees well-watered and away from heat sources that could dry them out.

    4. Clothes Dryers

    As your guests pile in for the holiday season, their clothes will inevitably start to pile up. To ensure holiday fire safety, you should also consider scheduling a dryer vent cleaning with a professional once every year to keep your dryer exhaust vent clean and unblocked.

    *Make sure you always clean the dryer lint trap before each cycle.

    More info? For more tips related to home safety, check out one of our other posts, June is National Home Safety Month!

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