About 91 percent of American households decorate their homes this season. These decorations cause a huge risk of fires if they are not careful.
If you do plan to decorate your home, there are precautions you should take to avoid damage and injury. However, only 32 percent of people believe these decorations can cause a fire, even though December has more candle-related fires than any other month, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Here are some safety tips to help minimize your chance of injury or fire this holiday season:
- Make sure to always blow out the candles. For the 37 percent of people that plan to use wax candles, make sure you do not leaves the Advent, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa candles unattended when they are lit. If you plan to light several candles, it is appropriate to have a fire extinguisher available nearby.
- If you plan to have a fresh-cut Christmas tree, it is important to select one that is fresh and watered. Keeping it fresh makes it less of a fire hazard if a heat source were to come in contact with it. Make sure you buy a flame-resistant tree if you purchase an artificial decoration.
- If you string electric lights, it is important to not overload wall outlets and extension cord. Use a power strip when you can.
Decorate smart and have a great holiday season!