Trimming the Christmas tree with SERVPRO of Missoula
Here at SERVPRO of Missoula, we’re committed to fire preparedness, which is why we’ve previously covered topics such as the importance of checking your smoke detectors routinely and having + knowing how to use a home fire extinguisher.
That said, prevention is really the most effective tool against home fires, especially during the holiday season. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately 160 Christmas tree fires and 780 decoration fires are reported each year, with candle fires in particular reaching their peak on Christmas and Christmas Eve. Similarly, the peak days for home cooking fires are Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Christmas Eve, respectively.
With these facts in mind, there are several preventative steps you can take to decrease the risk of a holiday fire in your home:
- Never leave a stovetop unattended when cooking
- Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything flammable
- For string lights, read the manufacturer’s instructions to find the maximum number of strands to connect
- Replace string lights with worn or broken cords, or loose bulb connections
- Make sure your tree is at least three feet away from any heat source or vent, and that it does not block exits
- Water your Christmas tree daily
- Get rid of your Christmas tree as soon as it dries out
- Turn off string lights and blow out candles before leaving your home or going to bed
By working these preventative measures into your holiday routine, you can make sure your home stays merry and bright—and fire-free—this winter.
The SERVPRO of Missoula team wishes you and yours a safe and joyous holiday season!