According to the State Fire Marshal, winter is the most dangerous season for injuries and death due to fire. Randy Cole says there are a number of tips to keep in mind this holiday season to decrease that risk:
“One of the things we want to talk about is the use of candles,” said Cole,” We want to make sure the candles are used properly. That they’re far enough away from combustible materials so they won’t ignite anything around them. It’s also important that candles are not left burning unattended. That will only increase the risk of fire.”
The U.S. Fire Administration reports candles are responsible for more than 15,000 residential fires a year, causing 150 deaths, over 1,000 injuries, and more than $500 million in property damage.
Cole said other decorations can also be hazardous.
“We also want to think about Christmas tree fires this time of year,” said Cole,” Throughout the nation, over 200 residential fires are due to trees. If you’re using a natural, fresh-cut tree, we want to make sure that keep that watered and well-hydrated. Make sure when you buy the tree that it’s not already dry or the needles are falling off.”
Other tips include making certain that smoke and carbon monxide detectors are in working order and keeping small children out of the kitchen while preparing holiday meals.