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Holiday Safety Tips

With the joys of the holiday season can also come fire-safety risks. We share the following tips to help keep your family and home safe during the winter holidays and beyond.


Indoor Christmas lights:

  • Be sure the lights are rated for indoor use and look for Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) or other recognized independent testing laboratory designations on the label.
  • Don’t overload electrical outlets or extension cords – and don’t connect more than three sets of lights into one extension cord.
  • Turn off all lights and electric-powered decorations before going to bed.
  • Protect cords so pets can’t chew them.

Outdoor Christmas lights:

  • Make sure these are also rated accordingly – approved for outdoor use.
  • Use weather-resistant outdoor electrical cords.
  • Don’t attach lights with nails or staples.

Christmas tree safety:

  • Never use flame-lit candles on a Christmas tree.
  • Make sure your artificial Christmas tree is fire-retardant.
  • Keep live trees watered sufficiently – and select a live tree that is fresh and its needles are not dry.
  • Keep all trees at least three feet away from any heat source.


  • Don’t burn candles near trees or greenery. Consider using battery-operated candles instead.
  • Make sure the candle is sturdy and can’t be easily knocked over.
  • Extinguish all candles before going to bed.
  • Inspect all holiday lights for frayed wiring, loose connections, broken bulbs and other signs of wear and tear.
  • Have a fire escape plan and be sure all members of the home are aware of it.
  • Make sure all smoke alarms are working.
  • Have your fireplace inspected regularly – and keep it cleaned after use.
  • Keep matches out of the reach of children.