Winter holidays are a great time to get together with family, friends, and neighbors. They're also a prime time to consider safety in and around the house, as holiday decorations and Christmas trees make for a greater fire risk. Here are a few safety tips from our partners at the National Fire Protection Association:
-Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
-Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
-Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
-Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturers' instructions for number of light strands to connect.
-Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
-Keep decorations away from windows and doors.
-Test your smoke alarms, and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
-Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
-Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
-Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
-Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.
-Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.
From our family to yours, the Booke Fire Safety Assocation would like to wish everyone a happy, safe, and exciting holiday season!