The holiday season is upon us and with it is a need to be aware of fire risks that so often come with it. Candles, overloaded electrical outlets, real holiday trees, family gatherings, and cooking can all become fire hazards, but they don’t have to. By following a few simple safety steps, everyone can enjoy a safe holiday, and winter season.
Visit our website for safety tips to help keep yourself, your family, and your community safe not just through the holidays but all year long:
- Cooking Safety
- Heating Safety
- Electrical Safety
- Woodstove and Wood Burning Fireplace Safety
- Smoke Alarms
- Escape Planning
- Escape Practice
Keep candles away from anything that could catch fire and never leave candles burning unattended.
Inspect holiday lights to ensure they are in good working condition, used in the proper location, and are not overloading electrical outlets. Keep decorations away from heat sources like space heaters and woodstoves. Make sure your holiday tree is freshly cut, given water daily, and kept a safe distance away from heat sources.
Have your furnace serviced and chimney cleaned every year, keep space heaters away from anything that can burn, avoid overloading electrical outlets, do not leave space heaters unattended, and make sure your fireplace/woodstove is cleaned regularly, screened in, and anything that can catch fire is kept a safe distance away.
The holidays often come with extra cooking. Know how to put out grease and fat fires (do not use water!), keep a fire extinguisher handy, do not leave food to cook unattended, ensure that electrical cords on kitchen appliances are in good condition, and don’t overload electrical outlets.