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Fire Safety Myths About the Festive Season

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

Christmas tree and ornaments with decorated mantle in the background If you experience a holiday house fire, you can count on SERVPRO of Paulding/Polk Counties 24/7, 365 to begin your fire restoration process.

Fire safety is something that is always important for a household to practice, but did you know
that some seasons tend to be more dangerous than others? Winter is the most common time of
year that a house fire will break out, and there are many reasons why this could be the case.

Part of the reason why fires are so common during the wintertime has to do with the way we
celebrate the holidays. From dangerous décor to cooking conundrums, there are a lot of
opportunities to let fire safety lag when the Christmas season rolls around.

If you have not considered how to be fire-safe during this festive time, read on as we dispel
myths that might be hazardous.

Dispelling Fire Safety Myths for the Holidays

Fake Christmas trees are a fire hazard. While fake Christmas trees might be flammable, real
Christmas trees are actually a much larger fire hazard. While they certainly can be used safely,
it is vital to water the tree every day, avoid putting it near any heat sources and never allow it to be near an open flame. Dried needles are extremely combustible, so exercising caution is key.

Christmas lights are a safe alternative to candles. Before electricity, candles were a common form of Christmas decoration. While lights are certainly a safer alternative, lights can be dangerous, too. Strands that are frayed or damaged can spark and cause a fire, and plugging in too many lights together can be a serious fire hazard, too. While Christmas lights are much safer than candles for decoration, they still have their own dangers that should be considered.

It is safe to leave lights on overnight. While having your house decorated for the holidays is
an exciting thing, it is important that you do not leave your electric decorations on when they will
be unattended. Always unplug lights before going to sleep or leaving the house—if a fire were to
begin due to your lights, this would prevent it from happening at a time where it is more likely to go unnoticed by you and your household.

If you experience a holiday house fire, you can count on us. We are here 24/7, 365 to begin your fire restoration process. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer.

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