Prevent Emergency Holiday Mishaps
The holiday season is a magical time of year, filled with peace and goodwill toward men. But it also fills our homes with holiday decorations – many of which can increase the risk of fire, injury, or accident. Here’s a look at some of the most common emergency holiday mishaps and how to protect your home and it’s plumbing during seasonal celebrations.
Fire and Injury Hazards
Holiday trees are festive, but they also post the threat of of fire or injury, according to the National Fire Protection Association. These three traditions top the list for most dangerous:
- Christmas tree fires
- 33% of Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical fires and malfunctions
- 20% of Christmas tree fires are caused by heat sources close to a tree
- 11% of Christmas tree fires are caused by candles
- Holiday light fires
- 73% of holiday light fires are caused by electrical failures or malfunctions
- 20% of holiday light fires
- Decorating falls
- 43% of falls related to holiday decorating are caused by falls from ladders
- 13% of falls related to holiday decorating are caused by falls from roofs (watch out, Santa!)
- 11% of falls related to holiday decorating are caused by falls from furniture
Watch the Kitchen
In addition to your tree, twinkling lights, and decorating endeavors, holiday cooking accounts for many holiday emergencies. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Cooking equipment was involved in 18% of home decoration fires. This happens when a decoration is left on or too close to a stove or other cooking equipment. Be safe and watch all appliances when cooking in the kitchen!
Keep Your Family Safe
Don’t let the risk of holiday injury or accident stop you from enjoying the spirit of the season! Here’s your field guide to a successful and safe holiday home.