Fire Proof Your Home During the Holiday Season.
year, holiday fires injure approximately 2,600 individuals and cause nearly
$930 million in damages, according to the United States Fire Administration
(USFA). It is important to be extra cautious during these joyous days because
more often than not, our attention is easily distracted either by sugar rushes,
visiting family members or the twice weekly holiday parties. Here are a few
simple steps to take to ensure your family and festivities are fire-free this
let’s talk about the Christmas Tree. I understand those luscious green branches
and that pine-tree smell is irresistible; but the bottom line is switching to
an artificial tree is the easiest way to lower the possibility of a fire in
your home. However, for those who cannot resist the calling for tradition,
remember to keep your tree fully watered. Trees that are strong and hydrated
are less likely to catch fire than those that are dry and brittle. Because dry
and brittle branches catch fire quickly and often spark, once Christmas has
passed and it is time to dispose of your tree, do not try to burn your tree in
the fireplace. Take your tree to a recycling center or schedule a time for your
community pick-up service to take it off your hands.
those who celebrate Hanukkah, please remember the menorah should be monitored
at all times while lit. Though the windowsill is a popular place to display
your holiday spirit, curtains can easily catch fire; instead put your menorah
on an open table on top of a fire retardant surface to avoid hot wax dripping
and causing a fire. Yet, most importantly (and I know this will be hard), keep
the menorah out of children’s reach. It is important to include children in the
ceremony, however, the fire is real and must be handled carefully; always have
an adult light the candles. You may want to consider purchasing an electric
flameless menorah to have a complete worry-free celebration.
important tip to abide is to never leave something cooking in the oven if you
are going to leave the house. Tempting as it may be to let the gift basket
cookies finish baking while you pick up the kids from carpool, just say no. If
you run into traffic or take longer than you plan, the baking goods will
overcook and could catch fire.
don’t overload your extension cords or electrical outlets. When stringing
lights together, do not link more than 3 light strands, and plug these into an
extension cord before plugging it into the wall. You should also
periodically check that the wires are not hot to the touch, especially lights
decorating your tree. Don’t forget to hit the switch on the holiday lights when
you hit the hay for the night. If you find yourself falling asleep before
turning off your lights, try setting up a timer that will automatically turn
off all lights at a designated time.
following these safety tips you will free your minds from worry and help you enjoy
this special time with friends and family. Happy Holidays!
Article Courtesy of Megan O’Neal, Marketing and
Communications Coordinator for SDA
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