Fire Prevention Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

Fire Prevention Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

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Stay safe over the festive period with these fire safety tips.

The holidays are filled with festivities, presents, decorations, Christmas trees, holiday candles, and more. Although this is one of the most wonderful times of year, it comes with a high fire risk. All the dry garland, colorful decorations, holiday lights, and candles could result in disaster. To protect your home and family, take a look at these fire prevention safety tips.

Holiday Lights

Make sure that your holiday lights have no frayed wires or cords. If so, replace the set of lights immediately. Additionally, make sure your holiday lights are not near to or touching anything flammable, such as paper and fabrics. Turn off your lights and unplug them before going to bed or leaving the house.


A lot of holiday decorations are made from tissue paper and cardboard – these are the kinds of materials which burn the easiest and fastest. It’s important to consider where you place these kinds of decorations. Never attach them to lights or heaters and keep them away from candles. Even though placing holiday cards around the fireplace looks festive, this can pose a significant ignition threat.


Over the season, you may host friends and family for a holiday dinner. Be sure to keep kids and pets away from the kitchen while you’re cooking to avoid danger. Additionally, avoid leaving the kitchen when the stovetop and oven are in use and move flammable objects away from the stove.

Now is the time to ensure your fire alarms are in good working order and that fire extinguishers are within each reach.

The team at Hoffman Brown Company hope that these tips help you and your family stay safe over the holidays. For assistance with insurance policy reviews and recommendations, contact us today.