Fire Safety During the Festive Season: A Critical Reminder

Christmas Stockings Hanging over a Fireplace

The festive season, a time of joy and gatherings, unfortunately, sees a rise in fire incidents. From holiday decorations to heating equipment, the risks increase, making fire safety paramount during this period.


Heightened Risks During Festivities:

  1. Holiday Decorations: Decorative lights and candles, while creating a festive atmosphere, can be significant fire hazards.
  2. Heating Appliances: As the weather turns cold, the use of space heaters, electric blankets, and fireplaces rises, increasing fire risks.
  3. Cooking and Kitchen Safety: The holiday season often involves more cooking, which can lead to kitchen fires if not managed carefully.


Fire Safety Guidelines for the Holiday Season:

  1. Inspect and Manage Lights: Check holiday lights for damage and always turn them off when leaving the house or going to bed.
  2. Candle Safety Measures: Use sturdy candle holders and place them away from decorations and other flammable materials. Consider using flameless candles as a safer alternative.
  3. Fireplace and Heating Precautions: Ensure your fireplace is clean and use a screen to prevent sparks. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment.
  4. Kitchen Safety: Never leave cooking unattended and keep flammable items away from the stove and oven.
  5. Smoke Alarms and Fire Extinguishers: Test smoke alarms regularly and have a fire extinguisher accessible, especially in areas where fires are more likely, like kitchens.


The festive season should be safe as well as joyful. By being aware of the increased risks and taking appropriate precautions, we can prevent fire incidents and ensure a safe holiday season for everyone. Remember, a little caution can go a long way in preserving the festive spirit and keeping our loved ones safe.