Holiday DecorationsEvery year, fires during the holiday season cause up to $930 million dollars in property damage, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
Take extra precautions by following these tips below.
- Consider using an artificial tree that is labeled "flame resistant."
- Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent.
- If you do use an evergreen, water it daily to keep it from drying out.
- Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks.
- Make sure to inspect stringed lights and window ornaments annually for deterioration.
- Do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe.
- Use lights in their designed areas. Don't use 'indoor' lights outside.
- Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet.
- All decorations should be nonflammable or flame-retardant and placed away from heat vents.
- Don't burn wrapping paper or boxes in your fireplace.