Seasonal Fire Safety

Seasonal Fire Safety tips

Statistically, most home fires happen during the holidays. Most home cooking fires happen on Thanksgiving. Candles used during the Christmas season cause more than ⅓ of fires. Make sure you celebrate safely when cooking or decorating during the holiday season.


  • Halloween
    • Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns
    • When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing fabric
    • Teach children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.
    • Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters
    • Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume. 
    • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes. Make sure all smoke alarms are working.
  • Thanksgiving
    • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
    • Keep children away from the stove, and away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
    • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
    • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
    • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
    • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
  • Christmas/Hanukkah 
    • Only use decorations that are flame-retardant or not flammable.
    • Check holiday lights each year for frayed wires or excessive wear.
    • Don’t link more than three strands of holiday lights.
    • Never leave a burning candle unattended. Consider using battery-operated flameless candles.
    • Keep your live Christmas tree away from heat sources and room exits.
    • Water your live Christmas tree daily to keep it from becoming dry.

Find more tips for keeping your family safe during the holiday season from the National Fire Protection Association: