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Posted on: November 22, 2021

Longview Fire shares safety tips for the holidays

Longview Fire shares safety tips for the holidays

 Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together, but that also means a greater risk for fire.  Following a few simple tips will help ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

 Here are a few of National Fire Protection Association’s tips for a safe holiday season.

 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 manufacture instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Use clips not nails to hang lights so cords do not become damaged.
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

 Holiday Entertaining

  • NFPA's Fire Analysis & Research Division strongly discourages the use of turkey fryers.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

 Before Heading to Bed

  • Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.


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