(WTNH) – The holidays are a time for baking and decorating – but that can be a fire hazard. The winter is a very fire-active time of year.
On average the American Red Cross responds to about 2 home fire per day across the region and in the winter season they always see an increase in home fires. The Red Cross has launched the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign to reduce the number or injuries and deaths due to home fires. Chief Communications Officer of the Red Cross Stefanie Arcangelo shares the best tips to avoid fire dangers.
Seven Fire Safety Tips for Holiday Decorating and Entertaining:
1.Keep children, pets and decorations away from lit candles
2.Check food regularly while cooking and remain in home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder while the stove or oven is in
- Choose decorations and artificial trees that are flame resistant or flame retardant. Place the tree away from heat sources and exits. Water real trees daily.
- Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces unattended. Install smoke alarms
- If hanging stockings on the fireplace, do not use the fire place for fires
- Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as sources of heat or stoves
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or lose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and the total number of bulbs to 50.
As you play holiday music to decorate for the season, remember to follow these safety measures to ensure homes and loved ones are safe from the threat of fire.
The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. The network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas:
-Service to the Armed Forces
-Health and Safety Services
For more great tips, head to http://www.redcross.org/news/article/7-Fire-Safety-Tips-for-Holiday-Decorating-and-Entertaining