While house fires can happen any time of year, the holiday season can introduce new hazards that can increase the risk of fire. From decorations to cooking mishaps, many dangers can arise as you prepare for the festivities. Although fire damage can often be repaired when house fires are controlled, here are a few preventative measures to take during the holidays.
3 Holiday Safety Practices to Prevent Fire Damage
1. Be Cautious in the Kitchen
Cooking-related incidents are the leading cause of winter house fires. Holiday turkeys, hams, and other roasts often require the oven to be on for long periods of time, so be sure to check on your food frequently. Keep flammable items like food packages, papers, and oils far away from the stove top. Only use pressure cookers, deep fryers, and other kitchen appliances according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
2. Use Candles Safely
Fires caused by candles peak in December. While these decorations can add ambiance and a pleasant aroma to your home, they also present serious fire risks. Keep burning candles in a safe space where pets and children can’t knock them over. Set a timer on your phone to remember when to blow them out. Battery-operated flameless candles are safer alternatives that still produce a warm, atmospheric glow.
3. Follow Instructions With Lights & Decorations
Whether you’re stringing lights inside or outside your home, follow instructions carefully. In many cases, you should avoid stringing more than three strands together at once, as any more could overwhelm your outlet and cause electrical fires. Additionally, only use outdoor lights outside your home, as these withstand the elements better than lights designed for indoor use. You can also prevent fire damage by practicing tree safety. While Christmas tree fires are rare, you can minimize the risk by keeping yours watered and disposing of it promptly after the holidays.
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