The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that two of every five decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source. Heat sources include fireplaces, space heaters, wood burning stoves, etc. The NFPA shares some helpful holiday decorating tips in this PDF that can help prevent a fire:
- Choose holiday decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
- Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
- Check your lights. Some lights are for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the 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.
- 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.
We hope our clients have a safe holiday season!