November 2, 2021
When thinking of the holiday season we often imagine snuggling up on the couch in front of a warm fire, decorating our homes, and spending time with family. When decorating this holiday season, we want to keep your home at a lower risk of fire.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that one-third of home decoration fires are started by candles and that two of every five decoration fires happen because the decorations are placed too close to a heat source. To keep your family safe this season, keep these tips in mind when preparing your home for the holidays:
· When lighting candles, place them in areas out of reach for children/pets
· Use flameless, rather than lighted, candles near flammable objects.
· Do NOT burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace
· Use a screen on the fireplace at all times when a fire is burning.
· Never leave candles or fireplaces burning unattended or when you are asleep.
· Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year.
Fire safety is also important to remember while preparing your holiday meals. Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. Things to know when cooking this season:
· The National Safety Council discourages the use of turkey fryers at home and urges those who prefer fried turkey to seek out professional establishments or consider using an oil-less turkey fryer.
· Be alert and do not use the stove/oven if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol
· Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food
· Always cook with a lid beside your pan. If you have a fire, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Do not remove the cover because the fire could start again. Let the pan cool for a long time. Never throw water on the fire.
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