Decorating safety to ensure an enjoyable holiday season!

We all love the holiday season.  It’s a time to spend with family and friends, enjoy home cooked meals and decorate our homes.  What some may not know about holiday decorating is there are some safety concerns to keep in mind when putting up those trees and lights. 

Between 2010 and 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 210 house fires per year started by Christmas trees with an estimated average of $16.2 million per year in property damage.   Electrical lighting equipment was involved in one-third of these Christmas tree fires, and two out of five started in the living room, family room or den, the most common areas for a tree.  Holiday decorations were responsible for 860 home structure fires between 2009 and 2013 with $13.4 million in property damage.  Forty Five percent of those fires where due to decorations that were to close to a heat source.

During the holidays, the kitchen can see an increase in activity with Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as the peaks days for home cooking fires.  Cooking equipment is involved in eighteen percent of home decoration fires, and is caused by decorations that are to close to a stove or other cooking equipment that uses heat.

Keep your tree hydrated!

Fire safety is something that needs to be considered when decorating your home for the holidays, but there are some other safety measures to keep in mind.   Keep your tree hydrated.  A living, green tree will catch fire slower than a dried out tree.  Keep your tree away from fireplaces and heaters.  It is also a great idea to have a working fire extinguisher near the tree.  Check your lights for frayed wiring or shattered bulbs and always turn off your holiday lights before going to bed.

Your holiday should be a time to spend with family and friends and make lasting memories.  Take the proper steps to ensure that your home holiday decorating will be safe and free from accidents.

Take a look at the following handy printouts for some helpful tips: