According to the National Fire Protection Association, 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays, costing $554 million in property damage. Why the increase during the holiday months? There are simply more fire hazards at this time of year including fireplaces, Christmas trees, candles, holiday lights and decorations. All of these holiday favorites leave your home vulnerable and susceptible to a fire. Follow these preparedness tips to avoid a house fire this holiday season:
- Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from fireplaces, heaters, radiators and candles.
- Unplug your tree and other holiday lights before leaving your house and going to bed.
- Blow out all lit candles before going to bed or leaving the house.
- Have your chimney cleaned once a year to remove soot and other debris.
- Make sure that string lights and other decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow manufacturer instructions.
- Check and test your fire alarms each month. Fire alarms should be placed near your kitchen, on each level of your home, and inside and outside of bedrooms.
By following these easy tips, you can help prevent a house fire this holiday season. Although insurance covers house fires, a fire can destroy memories, precious keepsakes and in this case, holiday gifts. Taking pre-cautions to avoid fires will allow you to focus on enjoying the holidays with family and friends.
Talk with one of our trusted personal insurance agents at 844-507-2528 to ensure your family and valuables are fully protected with adequate limits on your homeowner’s policy or visit AssuredPartners NL Personal Insurance to learn more.
Sources: NFPA, American Red CrossShare This: