by vfsfire

Did you know that the holidays are one of the busiest times of year for home fires?  According to the U.S. Fire Administration, holiday decoration and Christmas tree fires account for almost 400 home fires each year.  This results in an average of 21 deaths and over $25 million in property damage.

A major fire at the holidays will do more than just ruin the season.  If you are planning to decorate your home this year, there are a few things to remember to keep your home and family safe.

Outdoor Lights
1. Maintain your holiday lights by checking for any frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up.
2. Don’t overload circuits by linking more than three strands of lights together.
3. Do not leave holiday lights unattended.
Christmas Trees
4. Keep your tree well watered.  Most Christmas trees that catch on fire are extremely dry and have been neglected.
5. Keep your tree away from a heat source including a fireplace or heating vent.  This will prevent your tree from drying out.
6. Do not dispose of your tree by placing it in a wood burning stove or fireplace.
7. If possible, use battery operated candles instead of lit candles.
8. Make sure all candles are in stable holders.
9. Keep all candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
10. Never put lit candles on a Christmas tree.

All of us at VFS Fire & Security Services wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

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