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You may not be aware, but almost half of holiday fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source. It’s fun to decorate for the winter holidays, but holiday decorations can increase your risk for a residential or business fire. Prevent holiday fires this season by following the following tips.
Christmas Tree Maintenance
- Examine holiday lights each year before you hang them.
- Discard of light strands with frayed or pinched wires.
- Water your tree daily to prevent it from drying out. A dry tree is extremely hazardous because it’s more prone to catch on fire.
- Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell, and feel like real candles.
- Ensure that candles are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be knocked down easily.
- 24 hours before lighting, freeze your candles as this will help the wax evaporate and drip less.
- Frequently monitor candles and place in durable, non-combustible containers.
- Keep candles a good distance from decorations, cloth, and other combustible things.
- Cut and trim candle wicks 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch before lighting. Lengthy or irregular wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping.
- Candles should be placed at least three and half inches apart so they do overheat and melt wax onto one another. Keep candles free of wick trimmings matches or any combustible material that might catch fire.
- Never leave lit candles unattended and extinguish all candles before leaving a room or going to bed.