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Deck the Halls with Holiday Fire Safety

Holiday Fire Safety Prevention

Nearly half of holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source. It’s fun to decorate for the winter holidays, but holiday decorations can increase your risk for a home fire.

As you deck the halls this season, be fire smart

Make sure to get rid of your dried out tree

Christmas tree fires can turn devastating and deadly within seconds

A live Christmas tree burn conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows just how quickly a dried out Christmas tree fire burns, with flashover occurring in less than one minute, as compared to a well-watered tree, which burns at a much slower rate.

Deck the Halls with Fire Safety

Create a beautifully decorated room for the holidays and keep it fire safe. NFPA’s winter holidays tips give you the guidance you need to create the holiday atmosphere you love, and the security of knowing you’re keeping yourself and your family and friends safer from fire.

The Raleigh Fire Department wants you to stay safe from fires this holiday season. Here are some tips to keep you safe this holiday safety.

  1. Never leave cooking unattended.
  2. Never leave candles unattended and always have a 12 inch clear space around candle.
  3. Keep your natural Christmas trees watered daily and discard or replace tree when it becomes dry and withered. 
  4. Do not overload you power outlets.  

See more tree, lighting and cooking winter holiday safety tips



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