Family Preparedness Friday

‘Tis the Season

The holiday season is upon us all, which means we’re busy buying gifts for our loved ones and decorating our houses from top to bottom.

Decorating for the holidays is a long-standing tradition that includes for many having a Christmas tree decorated in your home.

Unfortunately, some decorations may increase your chances of fire. Based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), an estimated 240 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 150 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year. Together, these fires result in a yearly average of 21 deaths and $25.2 million in direct property damage.

Here are a few simple fire safety tips that can keep lights, candles, and the ever popular Christmas tree from causing a disaster:

  • Use Only Nonflammable Decorations. 
  • Make sure all exits are accessible and not blocked by decorations or trees. 
  • Never put wrapping paper in the fireplace.
  • Maintain your holiday lights.
  • Never overload an electrical outlet.
  • Do not leave holiday lights on unattended.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.

All the delegates of EDEN wish you and your family a safe and wonderful holiday season!