Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winter Holiday Safety
Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.
Holiday decorating
-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. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
-Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
-Keep decorations away from windows and doors.
Holiday Entertaining
-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.-Before Heading Out or to Bed
-Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed.

-Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
• One-quarter of home decoration fires happen in December.
• More than half of the
December home decoration fires are started by candles.
• Half of the holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.
Your Source for SAFETY Information
NFPA Public Education Division • 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169

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