Holiday season is fast approaching..
With holiday season just around the corner. Tips to ensure you all stay safe. We want the holidays to be full of cheer, fun, and wonderful memories.
Holiday home fires can put a damper on that. Here some facts on what to keep an eye out for.
• Nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter
holidays claiming more than 500 lives,
causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing
$554 million in property damage.**
• On average, one of every 22 home fires
started by Christmas trees result in death.***
• Candle fires are four times as likely to occur
during the winter holidays.**
• During the winter holiday season, an average
of 40 home fires per day are caused by
• The number of home fires the American Red
Cross has responded to has risen 10% since
• Having a working smoke alarm reduces one’s
chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.**
Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat
sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
Purchase flame retardant metallic or artificial trees. If you purchase a real tree, make sure that it
has fresh, green needles that aren’t easily broken. Keep live trees as moist as possible by giving
them plenty of water.
Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use
anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.
Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or
going to bed.
Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from
Keep anything that can catch on fire—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic
bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove top.
Designate one person to walk around your home to make sure that all candles and smoking
materials are properly extinguished after guests leave.
Smoke alarms save lives. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home,
near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the
test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.
Visit www.redcross.org/homefires for more information on how to keep your home fire safe during
Sources: American Red Cross,* U.S. Fire Administration,** and the National Fire Protection Association.***