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
-Replace any string of lights with worn or
broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read
manufacturer’s 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.

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
-Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet
cigarette butts with water before discarding.

• Two of every five home decoration fires are started by candles.
• Nearly half of decoration fires happen because decorations
are placed too close to a heat source.