Keep your holiday season free from fires and personal injury




The holidays are a joyful time of year, celebrating with friends and family. Unfortunately, they are also a time of many home fires and personal injuries.


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports the following statistics from previous years:

  • The top three days for home candle fires were Christmas, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve.

  • Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in two out of every every fire (40%) home tree Christmas tree fires.

  • More than one-third (37%) of home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.  All of the fatalities and roughly three-quarters (72%) of the injuries resulted from fires started in this area.

  • Forty-two percent of reported home Christmas tree fires occurred in December and 37% were reported in January. 

  • On average, one of every 32 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 143 total reported home fires.

  • Between 2011 and 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 200 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 6 deaths, 16 injuries, and $14.8 million in direct property damage annually.

  • Cooking equipment was involved in 19% of home decoration fires. This can happen when a decoration is left on or too close to a stove or other cooking equipment.

Safety tips for preventing holiday season-related home fires and personal injury

Here are some safety tips to prevent holiday-related home fires and to minimize damage and personal injury.


  • Never buy a dry Christmas tree. Opt instead for a very fresh and green one. To test the tree’s freshness, try to pull out a few needles. They should be difficult to pull out and not break easily. Once home, be sure the tree is watered regularly to keep it from drying out.

  • Keep your Christmas tree and other holiday decorations away from a fire or heat source.

  • If buying an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled “fire resistant.”

  • Protect small children by ensuring your decorations are safe, including decorations hung from the tree.

  • Stabilize your tree so that children or pets can’t pull it down.

  • Always put burning candles on heat-resistant surfaces and do not forget to blow them out when you don’t want them lit.

  • Purchase lights that are labeled as being tested by a reputable lab like UL (Underwriters Laboratories).

  • Discard old and broken Christmas lights.

  • Never use electric lights on a metallic tree.

  • When decorating outdoors, be sure to only use lights that specifically state that they are certified for exterior use.

  • If you use “fire salts” to create colorful flames in your fireplace or fire pit, be very cautious and keep them away from children.

  • Igniting wrapping paper can cause a flash fire so do not dispose of it in the fireplace or fire pit.

  • To prevent falls, tape all electrical wires securely to the floor.

Please follow these holiday safety tips, so that you can ensure the safety and well-being of you and your loved ones.


We all wish you a happy and very safe holiday season.


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