Holiday Fire Safety Tips

  • Water your Christmas tree everyday. Dry needles can ignite quickly leading to a fast burning fire in the center of your home.
  • Be smart about having fires in the fireplace. Use a fire screen to protect family members from dangerous embers that can ignite nearby objects. Make sure the fire is fully out before hitting the hay.
  • Have your chimney inspected at least once a year by a professional. Built-up chimney debris is a leading cause of fires during the winter/holiday season.
  • Plug light strings into separate power sources. Particularly if you are using three or more strings of lights. Always unplug them before going to bed.
  • Don’t use cheap or worn out extension cords to power holiday lights and displays. You may think you are being frugal, but you are actually exposing your home to fire risk.
  •  Be mindful of flammable items such as plastic bags and towels that can accumulate in the kitchen while cooking. Having guests over for Thanksgiving or Christmas can take a lot of meal prep. Don’t allow children to run around unattended in the kitchen with food on the stove or in the oven.

Holiday Fire Safety infographic