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Winter Holiday Fire Safety Tips


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Christmas Tree Safety Candle Safety Cooking Safety Holiday Decorating

No matter how you choose to spend the winter holiday season, make sure to be fire safe. Your decorations, tree, lights and cooking all bring hazards. There are some easy things you can do to help prevent a house fire. 

Christmas Tree Safety

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.

Christmas Tree Fire.

Keep Tree away from heat
Make sure your tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like an airduct, fireplace or space heater.

Examine Cords
Examine extension cords and lights for signs of damage. Frayed electric cords should be discarded.

Inspect Lights
Carefully inspect all electrical decorations before you use them. Cracked or damaged sockets and/or loose or exposed wires can cause serious shock or start a fire.

Trim the Stump
Trim the tree's stump by at least two inches on freshly cut trees. Allow it to absorb water for 24 hours before bringing it inside.

Keep the Tree Watered
Fill the water reservoir daily and check the condition of the trunk bark and branches for moisture. Shedding or dry needles could mean the tree is drying out, increasing overall fire risks. 

Candle Safety

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More than 1/3 of home decoration fires are started by candles. Remember, a candle is an open flame, which means that it can easily ignite anything that can burn. More than 1/3 of home decoration fires are started by candles.

  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns.
  • Think about using battery-operated flameless candles.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles

Cooking Safety

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Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries? By following a few safety tips you can prevent these fires.

"Cook With Caution"

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.

Holiday Decorating

flameless candle

Flameless candle

Give your home a festive look and avoid having any holiday fire emergencies by inspecting and choosing your decorations wisely. 

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

  • Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Use the right kind of lights. 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 manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged. Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

Before Heading Out or 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.

Contact

 

Fire Department Education Team
FirePrevention@raleighnc.gov

 

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