Winter is the leading time of year for home fires in the U.S., and those dangers intensify during the holiday season.
According to data from the National Fire Protection Association, http://www.nfpa.org, each year, hundreds of home fires involving Christmas tree or holiday lights or candles occur – resulting in death and injury as well as millions of dollars in direct property damage.
To stay safe, consumers should follow some simple safety tips, courtesy of the U.S. Fire Administration:
If you put up a natural Christmas tree, adhere to these safety guidelines:
Every homeowner should install working smoke alarms on all levels of the home – test monthly and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries at all times. This is important any time of the year!
Most importantly, know when and how to call for help. And remember to develop and practice a home escape plan!