Fire Prevention Tips That Will Protect Your Family During The Holidays

With increased fire hazards and use of electrical appliances, the holiday season can be a dangerous time for those who don’t follow basic fire safety rules.

Keep your holidays jolly and bright with these fire prevention tips!

Tip #1 – Keep Your Christmas Tree Watered

Twenty – for Americans who buy Christmas trees for their homes, that is the percentage of them who will purchase a real tree.

While you may try your hardest to protect your tree – and your home – from fire, there are some things that just can’t be planned for. By keeping your tree watered daily, you are significantly lowering the risk of it catching fire, and if the tree were to catch fire it would be much easier to handle.

Tip #2 – Avoid Gas-Fueled Turkey Fryers

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, Thanksgiving takes the lead on number of cooking fires – in fact, there are three times more fires on Thanksgiving than any other day! Gas-fueled fryers are a popular cooking tool on Thanksgiving Day, but with the large amount of hot oil they require, as well as their instability and unpredictability, you could be left with property damage, or worse.

If your family must have a deep fried turkey, consider purchasing from a local grocery store or butcher. Until a better method of deep frying a turkey at home is invented, it is best to leave it to the professionals who have the equipment and training.

Tip #3 – Don’t Overload Power Strips and Inspect Electrical Products

The holiday season brings with it a higher chance of an electrical fire. Decorations, lights, and overloaded power strips can all pose a serious risk to your safety. If you’re big on decorating for the holidays, keep in mind the electrical distribution of your lights and decorations and use basic electrical safety guidelines.

For those who reuse lights and decorations each year, it is important to inspect each and every electrical product you will be using. If you keep your decorations in a crawl space or basement, it is important to check for signs of wear, as well as damage from water or animals. Properly dispose of any products that have exposed wiring or other signs of damage.

Holidays are a time for family and friends to get together and enjoy each other’s company. Don’t let a fire ruin your holidays – follow the three tips listed above to keep your family safe and your holiday celebrations a time of joy. Talk to your local fire protection company, such as Ace Fire Protection, for more information.

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