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Home fire fatalities increase during the winter. To make sure communities know about the increased risk, the U.S. Fire Administration partners with the National Fire Protection Association to Put a Freeze on Winter Fires, focusing on hazards that may increase a family’s risk of having a house fire.

With new or reinstated restrictions due to COVID, this holiday season may look different than in years past. Families may put up more holiday decorations to lift their spirits. We encourage everyone to decorate safely.

These tips are shared courtesy of USFA.



The winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. It’s fun to decorate for the winter holidays, but holiday decorations can increase your risk for a home fire. As you deck the halls this season, be fire smart.



Help make your holidays fire-safe by:

  • Watering your live Christmas tree every day. A dry tree is a fire hazard. Trees too close to a heat source cause 1 in every 4 winter fires.
  • Making sure you are using the right lights. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replacing any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Choosing holiday decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keeping lit candles away from decorations and things that can burn. More than 1/3 of home decoration fires are started by candles.  Consider using flameless candles — they look very similar and are safer.
  • Blowing out lit candles and turn off all light strings and decorations when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Making sure your decorations don’t block windows and doors.