Best Practices for Christmas Fire Safety

christmas lightsNo one ever wants to have a house fire, but to have one at Christmas can be devastating.  With all of the hustle and bustle of the season, it is easy to be distracted from common fire safety practices that are simply common sense.  That doesn’t have to be the case though.  Right now is when you should be brushing up on all of those little things that can ensure the safety of your family, regardless of the time of year.

Christmas Fire Safety Tips

Whether or not you have small children or might be having children at your home during the holidays then you will need to take a tour of your home with a child’s perspective.  When you get down on the level of a toddler, you might be surprised at all of the hazards that are in your home.  Taking a bit of time now can save you all kinds of regret in the future.

Fire Safety and Christmas Trees

  1. If you decide to get a real tree for Christmas, choose one that is fresh and make sure that it stays hydrated.  Check to make sure that it has a sufficient amount of water on a daily basis.
  2.  If your tree gets too dry and the needles start to fall off, don’t hang on to it.
  3. If you choose to get a tree that is artificial, first make sure that it is the flame retardant kind.
  4. Make sure that whatever kind of tree you get, you keep it away from sources of heat like candles, heating vents and fire places.

Fire Safety and Electric Lights

  1. Most people light their trees up with an enormous amount of electric lights.  If you do this, make sure that they are safe first and only use lights intended for indoor use inside.
  2. Inspect all of your lights before you put them on the tree or whatever you are lighting up.  If you notice that any of the wiring is frayed, don’t use them.
  3. Make sure not to have the wires out where they can cause someone to trip.
  4. Never overload your electrical system.
  5. When you turn in for the night, make sure that all of the lights are turned off.

Fire Safety and Candles

  1. Never light candles near your Christmas tree or around any other materials that are flammable.
  2. Put all of your candles in places where they are not likely to be knocked over.
  3. Make sure that all of your lighters, matches and candles are out of reach for younger children.

Make a Plan for Fire Safety

  1. Ensure that each of your smoke detectors and your carbon monoxide detectors are all in proper working order.
  2. Make sure that each level of your home has a minimum of one fire extinguisher.
  3. Make a plan for emergency fire evacuation and then practice it.
If you make sure to follow these tips, your holiday has a very good chance of being both happy and safe. Home Fire Escape Plan
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