Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away which means we are in the midst of the holiday season. While you will be enjoying delicious food and the company of your friends and family, you need to remember to be safe, especially when it comes to fires. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than double the open-flame fires occur on Christmas than on an average day of the year. It is essential that you are conscious when cooking and lighting candles this holiday season. Luckily, there are a few holiday fire safety tips you can follow right now.
Cooking and Baking
One of the major causes of holiday fires is cooking and baking, especially when food is left unattended. It is critical that you stay in the kitchen while cooking, especially if you have something on the stove. It is easy to get distracted while cooking a holiday meal, but it critical that you do not leave a burning stove or oven unattended. Make sure that you clear your cooking station area of any flammable items, such as grocery bags. If you are frying a turkey for Thanksgiving, ensure that it is on a flat, leveled surface at least 10 feet from your home.
If you celebrate Christmas, you will most likely bring in a tree into your home to decorate and put presents under. When having a Christmas tree, there are a few things you need to know so that you can avoid a fire. It is best that you buy a fresh tree with intact needles and make sure you water it everyday. Watering your tree regularly will prevent it from drying out and becoming a fire hazard. If you are using fresh garland and greenery to decorate your tree, make sure they are at least three feet from a heating source.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, the incidence of candle fire is four times greater during December than the other months. When lighting your candles, make sure there are no flammable items near them. Make sure lit candles are on a sturdy base and that you do not leave them unattended. It is essential that you burn them out when leaving a room or before going to bed.
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