Holiday Fire Safety
The holidays are a time for merriment, joy and celebration but they are also when Fire Departments see an uptick in residential fires. Don't let your holidays go up in flames...as you get into the spirit, stay mindful of potential hazards. Scroll below to learn more.
Christmas happens to be the number one day for candle fires. This holiday season, we encourage you to opt for flameless, battery-operated candles. If you do light traditional candles in your home, keep them 12 inches away from anything that can burn, use sturdy candle holders and always blow candles out before leaving the room.
Check and replace lights that have worn or broken cords, and look for any signs of loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer's instructions to make sure you are using your lights appropriately (indoor versus outdoor), and to see how many strands you can safely connect. Hang outdoor lights with clips rather than nails to prevent strands from becoming damaged, and turn off all holiday lights when going to bed or leaving the house.
Holiday Cooking Fires
Holiday cooking fires are another reason we see a spike in home fires during winter months. Click here for cooking safety tips and remember to never leave food cooking unattended!
Creative Ways to Celebrate Safely This Holiday Season
With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, the holidays are going to look a little different for all of us this year. Click here for creative ways to celebrate and connect this holiday season.
Mental Health Resources
Mental health can be especially challenging around the holidays, and with 2020 being a difficult year for many of us, it's more important than ever for you to get the support you need. Click here for mental health resources. To talk with someone right away, contact Crisis Connections, 24-Hour Crisis Line at: 866-427-4747.
Smoke alarms save lives. Make sure you have working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Check your smoke alarms once a month to make sure they are working, change smoke alarm batteries twice each year, and completely replace smoke alarms once every ten years.