Winter holiday fires

It’s fun to decorate for the winter holidays, but holiday decorations can increase your risk for a home fire. As you deck the halls this season, be fire smart.

  • Half of the home decoration fires in December are started by candles.
  • More than 1/3 of home decoration fires are started by candles.
  • Christmas is the peak day for candle fires.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns.
  • A dry Christmas tree can burn very hot and very fast.
  • More than 1 in every 5 Christmas tree fires were caused by a heat source too close to the tree.
  • Read manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
  • Make sure your tree is at least 3 feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents. Also, make sure your tree does not block exits.
  • Get rid of your tree after Christmas or when it is dry.

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This information is from the National Fire Protection Association – the leading information and knowledge resource on fire, electrical and related hazards.

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