12/10/13

Deck the Halls but Don't Burn Down the House

According to the National Fire Protection Association, candles, Christmas lights and cookies, if not done right, pose special holiday fire risks.

From 2006-2010, U.S. fire departments responded to about 230 home fires a year started by Christmas trees that resulted in multiple deaths/ injuries and an estimated $17.3 million in property damage.  In 2011, responding U.S. fire departments blamed cooking in an estimated 156,300 house fires that resulted in 470 deaths, 5,390 injuries and $1 billion in property damage.

Here are some tips from the NFPA on how not to burn down the house this Christmas:
  • Place the Christmas tree at least three feet away from any heat sources, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, or light bulbs;
  • Fill the tree stand with water every day -- a dried-out tree is more flammable;
  • Use only holiday lights carrying the label of a recognized testing laboratory.  Don't use indoor lights outdoors, and vice versa. 
  • Stay home and watch the stove/oven while you're baking, roasting or boiling food.
The NFPA offers interviews with fire safety educators by appointment. Contact Mark Edwards at medwards@lyonspr.com to schedule an interview.

More useful safety tips from the USAG Fort Hamilton Facebook page. 

More tips from Brooklyn Ink.

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