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Top Causes of Holiday Fires

Several posts ago we discussed some general fire safety tips to follow during the Christmas season. This time we’d like to discuss some objects that are the cause of holiday fires. Some of these items may or may not surprise you.

  • Candles: Candle-based fires occur four times more often during December than any other month. Unfortunately, some people leave candles unattended or they place flammable objects too close to this common source of holiday fires. Experts recommend that you blow out candles before you go to bed and that you consider using flameless LED candles.
  • Christmas Trees: According to the Building and Fire Research Laboratory of the National Institute for Standards and Technology, Christmas trees, even ones that are watered frequently, are nearly explosive when they catch fire. Experts recommend that consumers buy artificial trees that are made of flame-retardant materials.
  • Fireplaces: Experts recommend that you have your chimney inspected each holiday season to be sure that it is not blocked by soot or other obstruction.
  • Space heaters and radiators: As the temperature drops, it is only logical that people seek to warm themselves by using various heating devices. The problem comes when people ignore the safety rules that are included with these devices. Experts recommend that you keep objects at least 3 feet away from objects that may burn.
  • Lights: Everyone enjoys a nice light show at Christmas. The problem is that they can quickly ignite nearby objects or catch fire themselves depending on where they are placed and how they are used. As a reminder, never use string lights that appear damaged, cracked, or frayed.
  • Pots and pans: Naturally, most people log in quite a few kitchen hours during the holiday season. Be sure to have at least one operational smoke detector and fire extinguisher near the kitchen area. Also never leave foods unattended while you are cooking.holidays

As we said, some of these fire sources may not seem all that surprising but they are all worth monitoring to make sure that you have a safe holiday season. As a company that specializes in fire damage repair, we can tell you that it doesn’t take long for home fires to start and that once they do they can start a chain reaction of fire damage to your house, smoke damage, mold and water damage etc. Be safe this holiday season and use good sense and follow the directions that come with these common devices.

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