The holidays are the time of year for families to celebrate and take part in traditions of cultural and/or religious significance. In the United States the holidays span from Halloween until New Years. This two month period of time is jam packed with holidays and festivities.
During the month of December a lot of people will put up holiday decorations such as:
- Christmas trees & lights
- Outdoor lights
- Luminary candles
All of these decorations are annual traditions in millions of homes across the country. However, we do tend to see an increase of house fires during this time of year. According to the U.S. Fire Administration:
- 2 out of every 4 home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems
- 1 out of every 4 Christmas tree fires are caused by a heat source too close to the tree
- The top 3 days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Eve
Our local home inspector recommends that you take a few simple steps to prevent a fire this holiday season:
- Check holiday lights for broken wires or plugs
- Ensure that you keep you Christmas tree watered
- Never leave burning candles inside or outside of the home unattended
- Check your smoke detector’s batteries
Kelling’s Home Inspections wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!