Preventing Common Holiday Fire HazardsKeep your festivities merry and bright with these holiday safety tips to prevent fires. Pay close attention to these common hazards, and learn how to boost your holiday safety this year.

1. Cooking

It’s easy to get jammed up while you’re preparing a holiday feast — lots of dishes going at one time, and plenty of distractions. Most fires start in the kitchen when the cook is drawn away from the stove and something overheats or burns. Holiday safety tip: Don’t leave the stove unattended, and always have a fire extinguisher close at hand.

2. Candles

Don’t put lit candles on your Christmas tree or near easily flammable decorations. Live trees dry out after they’re brought into the home and can easily burst into flames from a heating source. Candles generally start a fire when something flammable is placed too close to them.

3. Christmas trees

The resin in Christmas trees is flammable. Keep trees well watered so they stay hydrated throughout the holidays. Keep heating sources far away from them. If you buy an artificial tree, make sure it is flame resistant, but still maintain these holiday safety measures.

4. Holiday lights

There are various holiday safety tips when using Christmas lights.

  • Never leave decorative lights on when you’re away from home.
  • Don’t run more than three strings of lights together.
  • Throw away any lights with frayed or cracked strands.
  • Use lights that have the UL (Underwriters Laboratory) label on them, which means they have been tested for fire safety.
  • Use clips or twists to hold lights so the bulbs don’t touch the branches of the tree.
  • Consider using safer LED lights.

5. Matches and lighters

Watch children so they don’t try to grab matches or lights to light candles or otherwise play with them when everyone else is distracted.

6. Fireplaces

Screen the fireplace, and make sure the chimney is cleaned every season.

For more on holiday safety, contact Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We’re also ready to help you with any HVAC repair or installation.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).