Between 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 780 home structure fires that began with decorations and an additional 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
PREVENTION IS never leaving a space heater unattended and turning it off when you’re leaving a room or going to sleep, and not letting pets or children play too close to a space heater.
PREVENTION IS never leaving cooking equipment unattended and turning off burners if you have to leave the room.
PREVENTION IS watering Christmas trees daily and discarding trees when they are dry and begin dropping needles.
PREVENTION IS inspecting all decorations to ensure they do not have any frayed or pinched wires and discarding worn decorations.
PREVENTION IS ensuring multiple extension cords are never strung together or run under rugs, carpets or furniture. And making sure those used outdoors are labeled “for outdoor use.”
PREVENTION IS keeping decorations or any other flammable items at least 3 feet away from an open flame and heat sources.