‘Tis the season-for home fires 
This is the time of year when the most home fires occur, often turning a joyful time into tragedy and loss. Here are a few precautions:
 Candles (2 out of every 5 home decoration fires started by candles – NFPA)
  • Never leave a candle burning near anything flammable, or burning in a child’s or an unoccupied room
  • Make sure candles fit securely into a holder that won’t tip over
  • Blow out any candles before leaving a room or going to sleep
 Children playing with fire

  • Keep matches, lighters and other ignition sources out of the reach of children
  • Teach children fire safety at an early age
  • Make sure children have adequate supervision
 Christmas trees and lighting 
  • Keep live trees well watered and dispose of them before they become dry
  • Turn off tree and decorative lights before leaving the house or going to bed
  • Check lights for shorts or other problem before putting them up
 Cooking
  • Don’t leave food cooking on the stove unattended
  • Don’t throw water on a grease fire; put a lid on the pan to smother the fire
  • If there’s an oven fire, turn off the oven and leave the door shut until the fire goes out
  • Keep clothing, potholders, paper towels and anything else flammable away from a fire

Fireplaces

  • Have the fireplace inspected to see if it needs cleaning
  • Screen the fireplace to prevent embers for escaping
  • Never use flammable liquids to start a fire
  • Only burn seasoned wood – no wrapping paper
  • When removing embers place in a metal container and set outside to cool for 24 hours before disposing

 

And remember to always have working smoke detectors in the house and a fire extinguisher nearby.