Stay safe this holiday season with holiday fire safety tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
During the holidays, we tend to focus on our family, friends, good food and getting into the holiday spirit. Something to keep in mind, though, is holiday fire safety. According to the US Fire Administration, fires during the holiday season injure 2,600 people and cause over $930 million in damage. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that in a given year there are 240 christmas tree fires, resulting in 23 deaths and $11.4 million in direct home fire damage.
Common causes of fires during the holidays include candles, dried out Christmas trees, overloaded electrical outlets, flammable decorations near open flames, unattended cooking, space heaters and fireplaces. With our holiday fire safety tips, you can keep your home and family safe this holiday season.
Holiday Fire Safety Tips
1. Keep your Christmas tree fresh – Make sure your tree remains hydrated while in your home. Cut about two inches off the trunk and keep the tree stand filled with water. When you’re setting up the tree, keep it away from fireplaces and radiators. Place the tree out of the way of traffic and don’t block doorways.
If you choose to use an artificial tree, make sure it’s flame retardant. If it has a built-in light system, make sure it has the UL label.
3. Don’t leave candles unattended – According to the U.S. Fire Administration, candle fires are four times as likely to happen during the winter holidays than other time of the year. Assign someone in your family to check that all candles have been extinguished after guests leave the house or before you go to sleep. Keep anything that’s flammable away from candles.
4. Be smart with space heaters and fireplaces – Keep flammable objects away from heat sources. If you plan on using your fireplace, clean out the chimney beforehand.
5. Watch the stove when cooking – Don’t leave the kitchen when you have food cooking on the stove top. It’s also important to keep anything that can catch fire — such as oven mitts, plastic bags, or towels — away from the stove.
6. Check smoke alarms – Test your smoke alarms each month. You should have a smoke alarm near your kitchen, near sleeping areas and on every level of your home. Batteries should be replaced at least once a year.
7. Have a fire evacuation plan – Develop and practice your plan with the whole family. Plan two exit routes for each room, and practice your plan at night and during the day.
8. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand – You should have one in the kitchen and near the bedrooms of your home. Choose the largest size you can comfortably handle.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand the last thing you want to worry about this holiday season is a fire. That’s why we offer everything you need to keep your home safe this winter. With smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, new Christmas lights and more, your Merry Christmas starts with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.