Holiday Safety Facts

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Holiday Safety Facts

The holidays are a fun time for many but can be a dangerous time if you are not careful.  Let’s look at some statistics and facts that can make the holidays a safer time.

Fires during the holiday season claim more than 400 lives, injure over 1,650 people and cause more than $900 million in damages each year.  This is especially true for candle related fires.  They are the most common type of holiday fire, averaging over 12,000 each year, resulting in over 136 deaths, 1,000 injuries and cause more than $400 million in damages.

Decorating can be quite dangerous as well.  Each year over 5,800 people are treated for falls relating to decorating during the holidays.

The decorations can be the cause of many holiday mishaps.  A few tips can save you many headaches.  They include:

  • Inspect all lights strings to be sure there are no cracked bulbs, broken sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections.

  • Replace damaged light strings with the newer, energy efficient LED lights.

  • Do not overload sockets or extension cords.

  • Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.

  • Turn off lights when you are not at home or asleep at night.

  • If you have a natural tree, water the tree daily. A dry tree can be a real fire hazard.

  • Place the tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Heated rooms dry trees out rapidly, creating fire hazards.

  • Cut off about two inches of the trunk to expose fresh wood for better water absorption. Trim away branches as necessary to set tree trunk in the base of a sturdy, water-holding stand with wide spread feet.

  • Never use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens.

  • Do not burn holiday wrapping papers in the fireplace. A flash fire may result as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely.

Finally…plan for safety.

Remember, there is no substitute for common sense. Look for and eliminate potential danger spots near candles, fireplaces, trees, and/or electrical connections. Following these and other safety suggestions will make your holidays a much safer and happier time.