Fire Safety And Prevention: Celebrating The Holidays Safely

The Christmas holidays are the most fun and festive time of the year. People around the world celebrate the holidays by singing carols, eating a sumptuous Christmas dinner and spending time with family and closest friends. The last place anyone would want to spend this special celebration is in an emergency room. It is easy to get distracted during the festivities and be less aware of the possibilities of fire from erupting. It is not enough to prepare oneself by keeping fire safety equipment available in places where fire may begin.

Fireworks and ornamental decorations such as Christmas lights and candles are usually used for commemorating this season. Unfortunately, lights and fireworks are causes of fire breakouts at home and in the outdoors. To have a safer holiday celebration, make certain you handle your fireworks, candle decorations carefully and prevent accidents by following these simple tips.

Fireworks safety:

  1. It is important to follow the firework safety codes and purchase fireworks that meet safety standards.
  2. Do not drink alcohol when handling fireworks.
  3. Store fireworks carefully in a closed, metal box and take them out one at a time.
  4. Be meticulous and follow the instructions on how to handle different types of fireworks. Read them on a lighted bulb never in a naked flame.
  5. Ensure that everybody is situated away from the lighting site to prevent accidents. 
  6. Wear safety gloves and light sparklers one at a time.
  7. Never go back to a firework when it has already been lit because it can still blow up.
  8. Have a water bucket readily available to prepare for a fire emergency.
  9. Do not set off fireworks late at night.

Candles and decorative lights safety:

  1. Do not leave the Christmas lights on or candles when you are going to bed or leaving the house.
  2. Keep fire safety equipment like fire extinguishers and install smoke alarms inside the house for a better chance of surviving a fire breakout.
  3. Place candles on fixed candle holders and placed on sturdy furniture. Keep this away from flammable materials such as paper and curtains.
  4. Ensure that you buy Christmas lights that meet safety standards. 
  5. If you plan to use fairy lights that you bought last year, inspect them for frayed or exposed wires.

It is common for people to be busy during the holidays. Preparing the Christmas dinner and celebration can possibly divert your attention from safety precautions concerning fire. It is important that you pay attention and follow these simple tips in preventing fire accident to have a healthier and happier holiday season for you and your family.

Fire Safety And Prevention: Celebrating The Holidays Safely