Use Electronic Candles
Candles can make your home feel very festive and cozy. Unfortunately, according to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), 51% of decoration fires in December were started by candles. Thankfully, you can still get that cozy, home feel with safe, electronic candles.
If you are set on using real candles, keep them away from flammable decorations, curtains, and Christmas trees, and don’t put them close enough to an edge that they are at risk of easily being knocked over. Never leave candles unattended and always remember to blow them out (and make sure they are out) before you leave the house.
Double Check Christmas Lights
Whether you are putting lights on your house or on your Christmas tree, be sure to thoroughly check for broken bulbs or exposed wires. Both of these can increase the risk of an electrical fire.
As any parent with young children knows, they get into everything. Babies and toddlers love to grab, pull, and put anything they can reach in their mouth, especially if it is sparkly. To help keep your little ones safe, put a baby gate around the Christmas tree and make sure all other breakable Christmas decorations and candles are up high and out of reach of little hands. If you don’t want to use a baby gate around your tree, make sure to place breakable ornaments at the top to help prevent broken sparkly shards of glass all over your floor.
Keep Your Christmas Tree Hydrated
Dry Christmas trees are extremely flammable so be sure to keep your tree well-watered.
Keep Decorations Away from Heat Sources
We all know the story, “The stockings were hung by the chimney, with care…”, but sometimes our own decorations are not hung with such care. The NFPA reports that 45% of decoration fires are caused by a decoration being too close to a source of heat such as a fireplace, space heater, candle, or oven. So when you are hanging your stockings, make sure they are high out of reach of those warm, fireplace flames.
For other holiday safety tips, check out these blog posts:
- Do’s and Dont’s for Home Holiday Safety
- 5 Tips That Will Keep Your Pet Safe From Dangerous Holiday Decorations