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Top 5 Holiday Fire Safety Tips

With the holiday season underway, you're probably in the midst of putting up decorations if you haven't already.

Did you know about 240 home fires result from Christmas trees and another 150 from holiday lighting every year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

To prevent a holiday horror story, here are our top five tips for holiday fire safety:

  1. Always maintain a "high moisture" Christmas tree. A dry tree can be a major fire hazard. Watch this video on the FEMA website which showcases the difference between a dry tree and a properly watered tree when exposed to open flame
  2. Keep Christmas trees and other flammable holiday decorations away from fireplaces and other open flame, like candles
  3. Be sure all outdoor decorations are approved for outdoor use
  4. Never leave your holiday meal cooking unattended. Home cooking causes the most house fires each year in the U.S.
  5. Inspect all of your electrical decorations before hanging them up. Look for cracks, missing bulbs and exposed wires. And always unplug lights before changing bulbs and fuses