Good news, Ocala! It’s warming up a bit this week just in time for the holidays! While you’re preparing to celebrate with family and friends, make sure your house is safe from fire. Follow these important steps provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to help safeguard your home this holiday season!
According to the NFPA, did you know that 1/3 of home decoration fires are started by candles? Keep candles away from objects that might burn and be sure to blow out candles when you leave the room.
The NFPA also reports that two in every five decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source. Make sure to select flame resistant or flame retardant decorations.
One fifth of home decoration fires occurred in December. Here are some additional tips by the NFPA to help prevent fire:
- Ensure indoor lighting and outdoor lighting are used where intended and check to make sure cords and bulbs are in good shape.
- Be sure to follow instructions for the number of light strands to connect. Also turn off all light strings before leaving home or going to bed.
- Keep decorations away from windows and doors.
- Test smoke alarms and prepare a fire escape plan with guests.
- On average, 23 home candle fires were reported between 2012 and 2016. Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
- Cooking equipment was involved in 20% of home decoration fires. Remain in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
- Always smoke outside and discard cigarette butts with water before discarding.