Tips to Avoid Fires and Disasters During the Holidays
Unfortunately, the holidays are one of the most common times for house fires and accidents. From menorahs to Christmas trees, here are some helpful tips and best practices to protect your home from fires or disasters while you’re home for the holidays.
Make sure your menorah is away from any flammable materials
During Hanukkah, keep your menorah at least 3 feet away from all flammable items such as curtains or other holiday decorations. Make sure you place it on a non-flammable surface to catch the melting wax, like a tray lined with aluminum foil. Never leave your candles unattended while lit!
Unplug your Christmas tree
Unplug the lights on your tree before you leave the house or before you go to sleep. Don’t plug more than three strands of lights into each other. Throw away lights that are worn or broken.
Make sure the fireplace embers are completely out before going to sleep
Pour water over the embers to make sure nothing is burning still before you head to bed or leave the house.
Avoid stove distractions
While cooking during the holiday season, there may be a lot of people in the house that you want to mingle with while you’re cooking. However, make sure you don’t leave the stove unattended for an extended time. Make sure all kitchen towels and grocery bags are away from the oven.
Water the Christmas tree (if it’s real)
Pine needles and wood catch fire more quickly when they’re dry. Watering your tree will help keep your tree from getting too dry.
Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in your home
In the chance that a fire starts, it is best to have a fire extinguisher handy to help try and put out the flames. According to the National Fire Protection Association, two out of every five home holiday fires started in the living room around the tree – Five percent were chimney fires, and twenty percent of the fires started in the kitchen.
Make sure all of your outdoor lights and outdoor power cords are marked for outdoor use
Outdoor cords have specific insulation that keeps them protected against moisture and temperature changes. Outdoor cords and power strips also use more power than indoor lights and cords. When you purchase your cords or power strips, double-check to make sure they are clearly marked for outdoor use.