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Winter Holiday Fire Safety Tips

Posted by on December 10th, 2019 Posted in: Public Health, Public Library, Websites
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Festive celebrations, flickering lights and winter greens are hallmarks of the holiday season. But, they also present fire risks that can quickly turn this festive time of year into a devastating one.

Did you know:

  • Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in more than two of every five (44%) home Christmas tree fires.
  • Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room. Five percent were chimney or flue fires. One-fifth (21%) of the decoration fires started in the kitchen. Sixteen percent started in the living room, family room or den.
  • Almost three of every five (57%) December home decoration fires were started by candles, compared to one-third (32%) in January to November.

The National Fire Protection Association provides the public with fire safety tips to help everyone stay safe during the winter holidays.

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Carolyn Martin is the Consumer Health Coordinator for the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region. She works with various libraries and community organizations to increase health literacy in their communities.

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