Holiday Fire Safety

Learning basic fire prevention facts and taking simple precautions can make all of your holiday celebrations safe and memorable.

 

Fireworks:
  • Check to be sure local laws permit private fireworks celebrations
  • Adults should supervise the use of fireworks
  • Sparks and smoldering embers from fireworks can start fires. Have water nearby for emergencies.
  • Never use fireworks in neighborhood backyards or other crowded areas.
  • Always light fireworks one at a time.
Outdoor Cooking Safety:
  • Keep grills a safe distance from houses and overhangs.
  • Use only properly labeled starter fluid, never substitute gasoline or kerosene.
  • Never apply fire starter to a smoldering fire. Instead, add dry kindling and blow gently across the coals.
  • Never leave outdoor cooking unattended.
Halloween:
  • Costumes and decorations should only be made of flame-retardant materials. Avoid loose, flammable clothing.
  • Each mask, wig and costume must be easily seen at night.
  • Use battery-powered lights for jack-o-lanterns, not candles.
  • Keep decorations away from sources of heat, such as exposed bulbs and open flames.
Thanksgiving:
  • Start holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven
  • Keep kitchen clutter and loose clothing away from the stove’s heat.
  • Turn pot handles in, away from a child’s reach.
  • Use pot holders to prevent burns.
  • NEVER throw water on a grease fire. Instead, cover the burning pan with a lid.
  • Keep all appliances in good working order.
  • Never overload electrical outlets. Unplug appliances when not in use.
  • NEVER leave cooking food unattended.
  • Keep Thanksgiving decorations away from sources of direct heat.
Christmas:
  • Make sure your Christmas tree is fresh. Shedding needles is a sign
    of a dry tree.
  • Keep your tree fresh by placing it in a stand that holds water.
  • Make sure artificial trees are flame-retardant.
  • NEVER smoke around the tree or flammable decorations.
  • Place trees away from direct sources of heat.
  • NEVER place a tree so that it blocks an exit.
  • Only buy electric lights that are approved by a national testing lab.
  • NEVER decorate metal trees with electric lights.
  • Always unplug lights before going to bed.
  • NEVER run electrical cords through doorways and under rugs.
  • Keep candles in sturdy holders and never place them near combustibles, such as curtains.
  • Avoid hanging stockings near an open flame.
  • NEVER burn paper in a fireplace. This is a major cause of chimney fires.
New Year:
  • At a party, check to be sure the exits are clear.
  • NEVER let friends drink excessively. Alcohol affects judgement and coordination.
  • Check under furniture and cushions for smoldering cigarettes.

 

Follow safety guidelines when using fireworks. Better yet, attend a public display operated by professionals.

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