While the warm glow of a fire on a wintery night is the stuff that holiday dreams are made of, there are some fiery glows that can mean catastrophe for your celebration.
If You Must Fry That Bird, Do it Carefully.
According the the National Fire Protection Association, deep-fryer fires cause more than $15 million dollars in property damage every year, not to mention injuries and even deaths.
So, if delicious, oven-roasted turkey goodness just won’t do it for you this Christmas, make sure to follow these critical safety tips.
- Read and FOLLOW the instructions on your turkey fryer.
- COMPLETELY thaw the turkey before frying. See example of what happens when you don’t do that HERE.
- NEVER leave the fryer unattended. It can ignite if it overheats.
- Use it OUTSIDE, away from structures and vegetation that might catch fire.
- Keep a fire extinguisher HANDY.
If You Must Light That Tree, Do it Carefully
Christmas Tree fires aren’t incredibly common but they are most certainly among the most dangerous residential fires. One of every 32 reported fires result in a death when a Christmas tree is involved. This is significantly greater than other home fires. And even those Christmas tree fires that don’t result in death, cause significant damage to homes and property.
But if having a traditional Christmas tree is part of what makes the season magical for you and your family, being mindful of how you decorate could literally save your life.
- Carefully check each strand of electric lights for exposed wire or damaged surfaces.
- Place candles in candle holders, away from trees and other decorations. Candles start two out of five home decoration fires.
- Consider using battery-operated, flameless candles. (Again, candles start two out of five home decoration fires.)
- Water your Christmas tree EVERY DAY and dispose of it when it is dry. To see what happens when a dry tree catches fire, click HERE.
Delicious meals and beautiful decorations are an important part of holiday traditions and you shouldn’t have to fear that they’ll put your family in danger. Be safe in this holiday season, check your Homeowner’s Policy for adequate coverage in case of fire, and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!