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Winter Holiday Fire Safety

Winter holiday fire facts

  • Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in more than two of every five (44%) home Christmas tree fires.
  • Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room. Five percent were chimney or flue fires. One-fifth (21%) of the decoration fires started in the kitchen. Sixteen percent started in the living room, family room or den.
  • Almost three of every five (57%) December home decoration fires were started by candles, compared to one-third (32%) in January to November.
  • See more statistics on winter holiday fires.

Holiday cooking

In 2017, the three leading dates for home structure fires caused by cooking were: Thanksgiving, Christmas day and Christmas Eve. That’s why it’s important to know what you can do to help keep your friends and family safe while entertaining for the holidays.NFPA_Thanksgiving_Safety_2017NFPA_Thanksgiving_Safety_2017

Christmas tree & decoration fires

Carefully decorating your home can help make your holidays safer. Between 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 780 home structure fires per year that began with decorations, excluding Christmas trees.

In the throes of holiday shopping and decorating? Check out the 9 Ways You’re a Holiday Decorating Disaster.

Christmas tree disposal

Christmas trees are combustible items that become increasingly flammable as they continue to dry out in your home. More than one-quarter (29%) of home fires that begin with Christmas trees occur in January. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur they’re much more likely to be serious.