Christmas Fire Dangers

By: Rayne McKenzie Email
By: Rayne McKenzie Email

It's Christmas Day and many of you may be planning to leave your Christmas lights on all day and night.

Christmas decorations help many families make the most of the season.

This time of year, firefighters are on high alert to respond to a growing number of house fires as those decorations turn into fire hazards.

"Particularly live trees; there's a potential for a tree to be dry and then, heat from the lights can cause a potential problem," says Dothan Fire Department Captain Chris Etheredge.

Another fire danger is burning candles too closely to Christmas cards or putting them low to the ground where children can knock them over.

Fire officials say there is something you can do to help protect you and your family this Christmas.

"If you're going to sleep and decide to leave the lights on, make sure your smoke detector is working; [it will] reduce the chance of dying in a home fire by over 50 percent," says Etheredge.

And, it's not just decorations that can cause a fire hazard. "The majority of fires in residence are cooking. As we have friends and family over it's easy to forget something on the stove," says Etheredge.

Fire officials say just taking a minute to turn off all Christmas lights and blow out all candles can help you have a happy and safe holiday.

One of the biggest causes of fires this time of year is from live Christmas trees that are dry and can catch fire.

So remember to water your tree every other day until you decide to remove it from your home.

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