Preventing Fires This Holiday Season
The holiday season is a time of good cheer and an opportunity to catch up with loved ones near and far. However, it is also a time of potential fire hazards. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), between 2016-2019, fire departments responded to an average 190 home fires started by Christmas tree lights, and 870 home fires started by other decorations.
In order to prevent potential fires caused by Christmas decorations, here are a few safety tips to follow:
- Replace old or damaged Christmas lights. If you see light strands with frayed or pinched wires, it is best to throw them away.
- If you have a natural Christmas tree, be sure to water it every day. Dry wood catches fire more easily.
- Be sure any lit candles are secured in stable holders and located in areas where they cannot be easily knocked over.
- Consider LED lights - they stay cool, use less electricity, and are less likely to overheat compared to traditional Christmas lights.
- If you are decorating the outside of your house with Christmas lights, be sure the lights you use are graded to be used outside. Some Christmas lights are to be used indoors only, and these are not insulated and could potentially pose a fire risk if they become wet.
- Do not leave tree lights running overnight. Make sure to switch them off before leaving the house or going to bed or purchase a light timer to set your mind at ease.
In the unfortunate event your home or business suffers fire damage caused by holiday decorations, please give us a call. We at SERVPRO are available 24/7, even during the holidays! 847-956-1880!