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Tips for a safe holiday season

Many homes and businesses across Concord are already decorated for Christmas. While decorations bring cheer to the holiday season, they also present a safety risk. According to the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 240 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 150 home fires involving lights and other decorative material occur each year in the United States. These fires result in 21 deaths and $25.2 million in direct property damage. You can ensure a fire safe holiday season with a few simple tips:
  • Be sure to keep natural trees well-watered.
  • Check holiday lights for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up.
  • Decorations, including artificial or metallic trees, should be non-flammable or flame-retardant and placed away from heat vents or heaters.
  • Consider using battery-operated flameless candles.
  • If you use lit candles make sure they are in stable holders and at least 12 inches from anything that can burn. Never go to bed with candles burning.
  • Do not leave holiday lights on unattended or overload electrical outlets.
For more tips and a video demonstration of the importance of keeping a natural tree moist, visit fema.gov.
 
Your home is not the only place to keep safety in mind. During your holiday shopping, be sure to remember the following:
  • Do not leave purchased items visible in vehicles; keep them concealed in the trunk.
  • Park in well-lighted areas and consider shopping with someone rather than alone.
  • Keep wallets and other valuables secure and remain aware of their locations.
  • Carry a minimal amount of cash and keep it different pockets rather than all in one place.
  • Monitor credit card usage and compare monthly statements with receipts.
  • Have keys ready while approaching a vehicle to prevent standing outside it.
  • Report suspicious people or activity to law enforcement immediately.