It is a misfortune we have seen frequently during the holidays – fire claims a family’s home wiping out possessions, and often with much more horrifying consequences. The US Fire Administration (USFA), a part of the Department of Homeland Security, records holiday season fires claim the lives of over 400 people every year, a lot more injured, and almost $1 billion in damage.

But there’s something you’re able to do to stay safe and happy this holiday season. Listed here are 19 holiday fire safety suggestions to hold:

1. Christmas tree Safe practices

  • A live Christmas tree could become engulfed in flames within minutes, stuffing a room with fire and dangerous gases. When choosing a tree, make sure to find one that’s fresh, with green needles that do not quickly fall off. An old, dried tree is really a fire hazard.
  • Do not put your tree near to a fireplace or heat vent. Heat dries out the shrub, once again developing a fire hazard.
  • Keep the stand filled up with water always.

2. Holiday Light Basic safety

  • Check holiday lights for bare spots, frayed wires, gaps in insulation, etc.
  • Only use lighting listed by an authorized testing laboratory.
  • Do not overload power outlets – a maximum of three light strands in series.
  • Hook up strings of lights with an extension cord prior to plugging into the electric outlet.
  • Never ever leave holiday lighting on unattended. Right after a busy day or party, glance at the entire house and switch off the lights and tree before heading to bed or leaving your home.

3. Holiday Decoration Basic safety

  • Only use nonflammable decorations.
  • Position decorations faraway from heat vents.
  • Never ever put wrapping paper within a fireplace; it can lead to a very huge fire.
  • If you are using a metallic or artificial tree, make sure it is flame resistant.

4. Candle Basic safety

  • Stay away from lit candles if you can. If you do make use of them, put them in stable holders where they cannot be knocked down. Never ever leave candles unattended.
  • Never ever put lit candle on a tree – do not go near a Christmas tree with any kind of open flame.

5. Other things to keep in mind:

  • Be sure your smoke alarm systems have fresh batteries.
  • Do not leave kitchen appliances unattended.
  • Have a chimney brush check the fireplace.
  • Recognize when and how to call for help.
  • Exercise your house escape plan.

You can easily become preoccupied by the busyness of the holidays; however the cost could be high. Be safe!