NFPA Public Education Division 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169
Your Source for SAFETY Information
Two of every five home
decoration fires are
started by candles.
Nearly half of
decoration fires happen
because decorations
are placed too close
to a heat source.
Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together.
But that also means a greater risk for fire. Following a few simple
tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.
KKK Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose
decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
KKK Keep lit candles away from decorations and other
things that can burn.
KKK Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but
not both.
KKK Replace any string of lights with worn or
broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read
manufacturer’s instructions for number of light
strands to connect.
KKK Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do
not get damaged.
KKK Keep decorations away from windows and doors.
KKK Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your
home fire escape plan.
KKK Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
KKK Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
KKK Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
KKK Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to
keep their smoking materials with them so young
children do not touch them.
KKK Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet
cigarette butts with water before discarding.
Blow out lit candles when
you leave the room or go to
bed. Turn off all light strings
and decorations before
leaving home or going to bed.
Before Heading
Out or to Bed
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