Put a Freeze on Winter Holiday Fires
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Decorating for the winter holidays is fun, but decorations can increase the risk for a home fire. Remind your community to be fire smart with these key messages and outreach materials:

More than half of the home decoration fires in December are started by candles.

More than 1/3 of home decoration fires are started by candles.

The top 3 days for home candle fires are Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve.


Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns.

Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are dangerous.

On average, 1 of every 45 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in death.


A heat source too close to the Christmas tree causes 1 in every 4 winter fires.

Read manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.

Make sure your tree is at least 3 feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents. Also, make sure your tree does not block exits.


Dec. 30

Get rid of your tree after Christmas or when it is dry.

This dramatic clip demonstrates what happens when fire touches a dry tree and a properly maintained, well-watered tree. Please share this clip on your social media channels.

Download the Winter Holiday Fires infographic

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