The holiday season is the most dangerous time of the year for house fires, whether it’s cooking in an overly cluttered kitchen, lighting too many candles around the home, or stringing up old or damaged holiday lights. Consider the following tips from the U.S. Fire Administration on how to prevent house fires during the holidays.
- Keep candles 12 inches away from things that can burn, and consider using flameless battery-operated candles.
- Place candles in a sturdy candleholder that will not tip over, and never leave a burning candle alone.
- Throw away holiday light strands with frayed or pinched wires, and turn off all your holiday lights before going to bed or leaving your home.
- Water your Christmas tree every day, as a dry tree can very easily catch fire. Get rid of your Christmas tree soon after Christmas or whenever it dries out.
We hope you have a safe and refreshing holiday break!
[Ben Boltinghouse is a public safety officer with Parkland College.]