The holidays are full of enticing smells, good company & lots of football – but it is also three times more likely to have a cooking fire than any other day of the year. Along with the enjoyable chaos is the reality that cooking fires are three times more likely to occur during the holidays than any other day of the year. While you get busy in the kitchen, make sure that safety doesn't get lost in the whirlwind:
- Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, or lights.
- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
- Check your lights, check them twice. Inspect all of your electric lights and decorations for damage or wear.
- Water, water, water your tree.
- Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
- Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
- Don't overload sockets or extension cords.
- Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
- Never use an oven to heat your home.
- Turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Home fires occur more in the winter months than any other time of the year.
- Avoid using a turkey fryer.
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