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Holiday Safety: December Fire Prevention Tips

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As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. The winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. The Buncombe County Fire Marshal’s Office shares these tips for keeping your season merry, bright, and fire safe.

Holiday Decorating

  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

Holiday Entertaining

  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.

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Updated Dec 19, 2022 12:08 PM
Published Dec 02, 2022 03:00 PM