Holiday fire prevention tips

By: Lauren Smith
By: Lauren Smith

ARDMORE, OK -- With Christmas only a few days away and holiday festivities in full swing, firefighters want to remind you of a few fire prevention tips when it comes to all the decorations and food preparation.

Ardmore fire captain, Brian Mcdaniel, says 'tis the season of extra fire hazaards, especially when it comes to home accents.

"There's always that danger. There's an increased amount of lights, decorative things around the home."

According to the National Fire Protection Association, December is the peak time of year for house fires started by candles.

"A lot of candles for the smell of the season...Those create more dangers."

Mcdaniel says to keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn and to blow them out when you leave the room.
He also reminds you to unplug Christmas lights when you're not at home or before going to bed.

"It's recommended to unplug them when they're not in use. If you're gone during the night, unplug the lights, turn them off, so you don't have that unattended display going."

The U.S. Fire administration says Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires annually, usually due to shorts in electrical lights or open flames from candles.
That's why Mcdaniel says dried out Christmas trees are a major threat.

"It's really important to keep, if you do have a live Christmas tree, to keep the water, keep the moisture in the base down there, keep the tree moist, so it doesn't dry out and create a greater danger."

He also adds to not forget about the stoves and ovens while cooking your holiday meals. And to top the safety list, Mcdaniel says to always be prepared and have an escape plan.

"They'll be cooking more, they'll be more people in their homes, guests staying with them. Make sure you have a working smoke detector."

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