Christmas Trees and Lights are by far the biggest cause of holiday fires, but there are plenty of others too.
Michigan State Fire Marshall was a guest on the 95.3 WBCK Morning Show with Tim Collins. He offered the plenty of tips regarding Christmas trees. But he also talked about fires that start in the kitchen, or near the fireplace.
Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Cooking equipment was involved in one of every five (19%) of home decoration fires.
- Don’t leave decorations too close to a stove or other cooking equipment.
- Keep children and flammable items such as grocery bags and kitchen towels away from the stove and oven.
- Clean up greasy spills as you go to remove another fire hazard.
- If you’re deep frying a turkey, keep the fryer well away from structures and trees, make sure your turkey is fully thawed.
Make sure you’ve had the chimney cleaned. It’s best to hire a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep. Fireplaces and chimneys should be inspected by a professional chimney sweep every year — and again halfway through the season for new wood-burning installations, such as fireplaces or wood-burning stoves.
- Be sure to keep things like wrapping paper, rugs and clothing – at least three feet away from the flames.
- Use a fire screen to keep embers and logs from escaping.
- Make sure all embers are fully extinguished before you turn in for the night.
- Clean the fireplace often, and if possible after each…