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, Holiday Season a Dangerous Season for House Fires

We Buy Fire Damaged Houses:Holiday Season a Dangerous Season for House Fires

 

We are now entering the time of year when the chance of you being a house fire victim increases.

Fire experts say the leading day for house fires in America is Thanksgiving Day. Also, the U.S. Fire Administration reports that Christmas Day and New Year’s Day each have close to double the usual number of open-flame fires.

Even worse, Christmas fire fatalities and property loss are both 34% more than typical.

Lights, candles, greenery, and other bright decorations are all part of the holiday season. But regrettably, having so many festive items scattered throughout your house can also increase the risk of a fire.

It is simple to understand why late November through December is one of busiest periods for house fires when you consider the additional cooking and baking that goes on during this time of the year.

To help ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season you should be aware of some of the main reasons why house fires start over the holidays and what you can do to avoid them. So let’s take a look.

Christmas trees

During the holiday season, live Christmas trees are involved in one of the worst kinds of fires. Indoor trees can quickly catch fire and burst into flames if they are not properly hydrated and thus dry up. This type of fire can happen in a matter of seconds.

To avoid a Christmas tree fire:

Consistently check that your tree is properly watered.

When hanging lights on the tree, look for any electrical problems and replace any broken bulbs.

Shut off any heat sources that are near the tree.

Unplug your tree overnight and when you’re not home.

Electrical Issues

Make sure all lights, extension cords, and other electrical wires are labeled particularly for outdoor use before stringing lights outdoors. When hanging lights on your property, use UL-rated clips and stay away from conventional staples and nails.

More tips for avoid electrical fires during the holiday season include:

Never combine several extension cables.

Check for frayed wires and broken bulbs, and remove any that are present.

Never run three or more strands of lights end to end.

Candles

Candles are a fire hazard all year long, but during the holidays, more people choose to light them inside their homes.

Place burning candles far away from your Christmas tree, fresh foliage, and other flammable decorations.

Never leave candles burning when you’re not home or even in a room that you are not in.

Stoves

Getting sidetracked when preparing a holiday meal in the kitchen is all too easy. However, one of the main causes of house fires, particularly around the holidays, is unattended food on the stove. Never leave cooking equipment unattended, and make sure the oven and burners are both off when you’re done.

Check your smoke detectors as a final piece of fire safety advice. They help save lives. Now here is some more advice for avoiding holiday fires:

More About Christmas Trees, Lighting & Ornaments

When selecting a tree, go with the most recent tree you can find. The majority of the trees sold by typical merchants were already cut weeks earlier. Therefore, picking a reputable nursery or cutting your own tree is the better option. Also, make sure an artificial tree is flame-resistant if you decide to utilize one.

If you have a live tree, remember that watering is important!

One gallon of water can be consumed in 24 hours by a freshly cut tree. Keep your tree stand filled with water and never let the level go below the tree’s base.

Your stand should typically allow for one quart of water for every inch of the stem’s diameter.

Don’t forget to place your Christmas tree far from fireplaces, heating ducts, and other heat sources.

Connect your lights properly and only use permitted lighting. Pick lighting that has undergone testing from a reputable testing facility, such Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Avoid using more than three light strands or extension cords linked together.

Discard broken decorations and lights. If the light strings are damaged, torn, or exhibit other issues, don’t try to repair them. Instead, throw them away and purchase a fresh pair of lights.

Keep candles away from the tree. A candle or other heat source was too close to the tree in one-fourth of Christmas tree fires, according to data from the National Fire Protection Association.

Use non-flammable ornaments. Avoid using pine cones and other combustible ornaments on your Christmas tree since they can give fuel to a fire.

Every night, unplug your Christmas tree. Never leave it plugged in while out of the house or while you are sleeping.

More About Cooking and Candles

The kitchen is where a holiday fire typically starts, just like it does at other times of the year. But with all the festivities going on, it’s even simpler for the cook to become sidetracked during the holiday season.

Food left unattended is the primary offender. When you leave the kitchen, try carrying a pot holder with you as a reminder that something is still cooking.

A kitchen fire extinguisher should always be kept on hand, and smoke detectors should always be functioning properly.

December is the month with the highest likelihood of candle fires, by a factor of 4. By keeping the burning candle at least three feet away from anything flammable, you can lessen the risk.

Ensure that candles are placed on stable bases, or even better, encase them in hurricane globes. A lit candle must ALWAYS be supervised.

Flameless LED candles are a great option if you want to create ambience without the risk of an open flame.

More About Holiday Outdoor Lighting

Use UL-rated clips or hangers for hanging lights outside. The wiring can be harmed by nails or staples, which raises the possibility of a fire.

Finally, resist the urge to leave your lights on throughout the entire year. They are susceptible to weather damage and squirrel damage. Because of this, safety experts advise removing outside lights within 90 days.

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