To add warmth to your home during the holiday season, you might start a fire, light a candle, or plug in the twinkle lights on a Christmas tree.
Keep safe and warm by the fire
Fireplaces are so inviting, but can be so dangerous when people and objects are crammed around the open flame. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), placing items such as furniture, clothing, and other decorations too close to a flame is the leading cause of ignition in fatal home-heating fires. The likelihood of a home-heating fire is increased during the holidays because of holiday decorations, guests, and discarded wrapping.
Double-checking your fire alarms before the festivities begin could protect your family from burned turkey and decoration mishaps that spiral out of control. Learn how proper smoke-alarm placement can save lives.
Flameless is just as festive
Candles may make the atmosphere more inviting, but they are still hot wax and fire. According to NFPA, home candle fires peak during December because of their popularity during the holidays.
Consider replacing real candles with battery-operated flameless candles for the same ambiance without the danger. You can even choose what cheerful scent you want for the occasion, just like you can with wax candles.
If you do decide to burn candles, use sturdy candle holders placed on flat surfaces, keep candles away from other objects, and blow them out when you leave a room.
Make sure your Christmas tree lights shine brightly and safely
Picking out a fresh, plump Christmas tree with loved ones is often part of a family’s holiday tradition. Before you select or chop down the tree, brush up on these fire smart tips for picking, placing, and lighting Christmas trees.