Cheers to 2016: New Year’s Fire Safety

new yearsHoliday season is upon us–in just a few days we will be ringing in 2016! With all the festivities and celebrations, we often overlook the serious fire risks that come along with the holidays. According to NFPA, the top three days for home candle fires are New Year’s Day, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. That being said, USA Fire Protection wants to provide you with some tips for how to stay safe while celebrating the new year!

  • Even though Christmas is officially over, don’t forget to take good care of your tree while it is still in your home. Check your tree daily and add water as needed. A dry Christmas tree is a major fire hazard!
  • Leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals! There will be lots of public firework displays so don’t try it at home. Not only can this be very unsafe, but it is often times illegal and can lead to serious fines.
  • Cooking for party guests? Don’t leave food unattended in the kitchen and make sure kids and pets stay away from hot pots and pans.
  • If you’re having company, ask smokers to smoke outside and away from the house. Also make sure your party venue has clear exits and that they are not blocked by any decorations.
  • Keep decorations and anything flammable away from heat sources. Remember, flameless candles are a cheap and safe alternative!
  • Always remember to have working smoke alarms and fire sprinklers.
  • And last but not least, when popping champagne, aim the cork AWAY from friends and family! 🙂