The holidays are a time where families gather together for fun, food and celebration. Unfortunately, sometimes these gatherings end in tragedy.
According to the data found by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Thanksgiving Day has more home fires than any other single day in the year. Christmas day follows with the second most. To ensure safety for you and your loved ones, below you will find a few precautions to take throughout the holiday season.
1. Lights Out
Always remember to turn off holiday lights when you leave the house unattended or when going to bed. This especially includes candles. A Report from the National Fire Protection Association shows that 12% of candle fires occur in the month of December.
2. Maintain Your Heater
Regular maintenance on your furnace or heating system could prevent Carbon monoxide hazards. You can do this by cleaning or replacing your furnace filter frequently during the heating seasons and having a heating contractor perform yearly maintenance checks.
Remember to test your smoke alarms every month to make sure that they work. It is also in your best interest to install a carbon monoxide alarm on each level on your home, especially near the bedrooms.
4. Space heaters need space
Space heaters can be a serious fire hazard. Keep them, at least, three feet away from holiday decorations, curtains or anything else that can burn. Space heaters are involved in 79% of home heating fire deaths.
5. Extension cords
Never overload extension cords or put them underneath rugs, as this can cause a fire. They should only be used as a temporary connect.
6. Drink responsible
If you know you will be drinking, establish a designated driver or call a cab or Uber home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates a total of 728 people will be injured or killed each day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day in drunk driving accidents. Don’t be one of them.