Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. Two of every five home decoration fires are started by candles and nearly half of decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.
The National Fire Protection Association and the Newton Fire Department has a few simple tips that will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.
- Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
- Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
- Keep decoration away from windows and doors.
- Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
- Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
- Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
Before Heading to Bed
- Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
- Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
If you have questions about winter holiday safety, please contact the Newton Fire Department at (641) 792-3347.