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Have a Fire Safe Holiday Season

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. 

Please click on the highlighted links below for topics specific information that can be downloaded and printed.

Halloween Safety 

Turkey Fryer Safety

Thanksgiving Safety

Christmas Tree Safety

Home Heating (Including Chimneys and Space Heaters) Safety

Kitchen Fire Safety

Candle Safety (Valentine's Day)


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!


Firework Safety

Click here for the department's latest Media Release encouraging community members to celebrate America's Independence Day Safely. 

Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks.

Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.


NFPA's Dan Doofus urges people not to use consumer fireworks because they are too dangerous. Fireworks are responsible for thousands of fires and injuries each year.
Fireworks by the numbers
  • In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.
  • In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 31% were to the head.
  • The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 15-24, followed by children under 10.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

Firework Injuries Infographic 

Source: NFPA’s Fireworks report, by John R. Hall, Jr., June 2013
Source: NFPA’s Fireworks Fact Sheet, Fire Analysis and Research Division, June 2014

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

Decorating for Christmas is always lots of fun, but you don't want that holiday joy to be ruined by careless decorating or easily preventable hazards in your home. Each year, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Carefully decorating Christmas trees can help make your holidays safer. Here are some easy to follow safety tips from Firefighter Baldwin on behalf of the Lakeland Fire Department.

Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

The holidays are great time for family and friends and usually food brings them all together. Cooking up all that food can be dangerous, with home fires becoming more frequent across the United States around the holidays . Here are some fire safety tips from Firefighter Hendley on behalf of the entire Lakeland Fire Department. Have a happy (and safe) holiday season!

Turkey Frying Safety Tips

A southern favorite to enjoy at holiday meals is the deep fried turkey. However deep frying a turkey could be pretty dangerous if not done correctly. Be sure to follow these safety tips compliments of Firefighter Hendley on behalf of the Lakeland Fire Department.

Staying Safe During the Holidays

This time of year is full of fun, festivities, decorations, and joy but it also a time when the incidence of fire increases. The Lakeland Fire Department wants everyone to enjoy a safe and happy holiday season. To ensure that happens, the LFD encourages everyone to follow  these quick and simple holiday safety tips.


Halloween Life and Fire Safety

Planning ahead can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires. During the five-year-period of 2006-2010, NFPA estimates that decorations were the item first ignited in an estimated average of 1,000 reported home structure fires per year. These fires caused an estimated average of six civilian deaths, 53 civilian injuries and $16 million in direct property damage per year.


Courtesy of National Fire Prevention Association