As you play holiday music to decorate for the season, remember to follow safety measures to ensure homes and loved ones are safe from the threat of fire.
During the holiday season, over half of home fires caused by candles are started by something that can catch fire being too close to the candle, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. In fact, home candle fires pose an increased threat to households across America each December. These seven fire safety tips are important to remember as you light holiday candles, string up lights and gather with family and friends.
Fire Safety Tip #1
Keep children, pets and decorations away from lit candles.
Fire Safety Tip #2
Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
Fire Safety Tip #3
Choose decorations and artificial trees that are flame resistant or flame retardant. Place tree away from heat sources and exits. Water real trees daily.
Fire Safety Tip #4
Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces unattended. Install smoke alarms.
Fire Safety Tip #5
If hanging stockings on the fireplace, do not use the fireplace for fires.
Fire Safety Tip #6
Keep items that can catch on fire at least 3 feet away from anything that gets hot, such as sources of heat or stoves.
Fire Safety Tip #7
Replace any strings of light with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Make sure you connect no more than three strands of mini light sets together.
Learn how to keep your family safe through the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign. This holiday season, you can also help the Red Cross reduce home fire related deaths and injuries in at-risk communities by working with volunteers, local fire departments and community partners to install smoke alarms and provide fire safety education and training. Find giving options in the 2015 Holiday Gift Catalog.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.