Winter Holiday Safety

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Winter Holiday Safety

Winter Holiday SafetyHoliday Decorating

  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.

  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.

  • 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. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer's instructions for number of LED strands to connect.

  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.

  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

Holiday Entertaining

  • 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.

  • Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.

  • Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.

Facts

  • One-third of home decoration fires are started by candles.

  • Two of every five decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.


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.

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