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.