The holiday season is a wonderful time of year when family and friends get together to celebrate. It is also a time when the risk of fires, particularly home fires, increases due to increased food preparation in the kitchen, poorly placed decorations, dry Christmas trees, the use of candles and decorative lights, and other possible fire hazards associated with the holidays.
The Lakeland Fire Department wants to ensure that the citizens of its community have a safe and enjoyable holiday season regardless of how you celebrate it. The following resources have excellent safety tips that are easy to follow and are proven to reduce the risk of fire.
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Turkey Fryer Safety
Christmas Tree Safety
Home Heating (Including Chimneys and Space Heaters) Safety
Kitchen Fire Safety
More Fire Safety Tips:
Maintain Your Holiday Lights
Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory.
Do Not Overload Electrical Outlets
Do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Make sure to periodically check the wires – they should not be warm to the touch.
Use Only Nonflammable Decorations
All decorations should be nonflammable or flame-retardant and placed away from heat vents. If you are using a metallic or artificial tree, make sure it is flame retardant.
Don't Block Exits
Ensure that trees and other holiday decorations do not block an exit way. In the event of a fire, time is of the essence. A blocked entry/exit way puts you and your family at risk.
Never Put Wrapping Paper in the Fireplace
Wrapping paper in the fireplace can result in a very large fire, throwing off dangerous sparks and embers that may result in a chimney fire.
Never Leave a Burning Candle Unattended
Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
If You Do Use Lit Candles
Make sure candles are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn. Avoid using candles in bedrooms and sleeping areas.
Never Put Lit Candles on a Tree
Do not go near a Christmas tree with an open flame – candles, lighters or matches.
Stay Safe Lakeland!