Fire Prevention Tips for the Festive Season

Fire Prevention Tips for the Festive Season

Safety tips to prevent fires during the holidays.

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. However, it’s also a season that presents some unique fire risks. To help protect your home and belongings, take a look at these tips.


  • Only use holiday lights that are safe. Throw away any lights that have frayed or cracked wires
  • Never use nails to string up holiday lights
  • Turn off lights before going to bed or leaving the house

Christmas Trees

  • If you choose an artificial tree, make sure it is fire retardant with a high fire safety rating
  • If you choose a real tree, keep it hydrated by watering it daily
  • Place it away from heat sources like vents, candles, fireplaces, and lights
  • Avoid placing your tree in the path of traffic


  • Move flammable objects away from the oven
  • Avoid leaving the kitchen while the stovetop and oven are in use
  • Keep pets and children out of the kitchen while cooking


  • Place candles out of reach of children and pets
  • Take care when lighting candles. Keep the wick low
  • If the candle is producing black smoke or has a large flame, blow it out
  • Extinguish candles before you go to bed or leave the house
  • Move candles away from flammable objects such as holiday cards and garland

These tips should help you protect your home and belongings throughout the year. For peace of mind, contact American Premier Insurance for quality home insurance (please open link in a new tab) that protects you throughout the holiday season and beyond.