Is Your Christmas Décor Increasing Your Risk of Home Fire?

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Did you know that half of all home heating fires occur in December, January, and February? And that the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve? While it is fun to decorate for the winter holidays, it is especially important that you do so in a way that doesn’t compromise the safety of those you love.

To help decrease your risk of a home fire, the NFPA and the U.S. Fire Administration teamed up to help offer some decorating tips for the holiday season. Here are some of their suggestions:

  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns.
  • Make sure your tree is at least 3 feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles, or heat vents. A heat source too close to the Christmas tree causes one in every four winter fires.
  • Make sure your tree does not block exits.
  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
  • Get rid of your tree after Christmas or when it is dry.

If somebody else’s negligence has caused you or a loved one to suffer during the holiday season, don’t hesitate to reach out to Regan Zambri Long PLLC. We will provide the proactive representation you deserve. Contact us today to learn more.