Put a Freeze on Winter Holiday Fires

Although live Christmas tree fires do not commonly occur, when they do, they are dangerous.

Although live Christmas tree fires do not commonly occur, when they do, they are dangerous. To keep your family safe, keep your tree a minimum of 3 feet away from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents. (Photo by Sidney Hinds)

It is fun to decorate for the winter holidays, but decorations can increase your risk for a home fire. As you deck the halls this season, be fire smart.

When working with lights, refrain from connecting more than three strands of mini-light sets, and do not connect more than 50 bulbs to screw-in light sets.

While candles can help create a warm and festive mood indoors, keep in mind they start two out of every five home decoration fires each year. If you still opt to use candles, keep them at least 12 inches away from anything flammable.

Although live Christmas tree fires do not commonly occur, when they do, they are dangerous. On average one out of every 40 reported Christmas tree fires resulted in death. Also, one in every six Christmas-tree related fires was caused when a heat source was too close to the tree. To prevent this from happening at your home, keep your tree a minimum of 3 feet away from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents. And remember, get rid of your tree after Christmas when it is dry.

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Last Modified Date: 11-Dec-2013