Tis the season for Christmas trees, Christmas lights, Advent and Hanukkah candles. Many of us celebrate the Holiday Season by placing Christmas Trees in our homes. A Christmas tree brings joy to family and friends, but when mishandled it can also create a greater risk for fire. On average one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires, both live and artificial, result in a death compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires. A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six of Christmas tree fires.
December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. More than half (56 percent) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch on fire is too close to the candle. Make sure you don’t place Advent or Hanukkah candles too close to window curtains or near anything that can catch on fire.
Here is a list of holiday fire safety tips from Central County firefighters and NFPA.
Fiskars is recalling more than 250,000 gardening shears because the handles may break and cause injury. The shears were sold at Home Depot.
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