The fire departments in the United States respond to an average of 353 100 house fires every year. The number of casualties and injuries caused by these fires are devastating, and so is the billions of dollars lost in property damages. To demonstrate just how serious this problem is, is the fact that a home fire takes place every 87 seconds!

This is a hard pill to swallow, but what is even more shocking is that according to the evidence collected over the past 10 years, it’s been found that the main causes of house fires involve: cooking activities, lighting equipment and electrical conduction, heating devices, smoking elements, and deliberate fire setting. Most of these form part of our daily lives…

This leads us to the realization that we will need to become more conscientious when we go about cooking, heating, smoking and making use of any electrical equipment. This is especially important during the months of November, December and January, as 30% of all house fires tend to occur during this season of winter and the holidays!

During this time the highest incidents of house fires get recorded each year, as we go about enjoying Thanksgiving, the Christmas Holidays and New Year’s celebrations. It is a time to be grateful and to spend it with our families and friends, though this means that house heating systems, kitchen appliances used in preparing foods and lighting equipment gets utilized more than usual as well. Food, warmth and light are exactly what makes the holidays enjoyable and special for all of us, but are also what can be the cause of utter disaster and devastation!

As a matter of fact, Christmas trees are one of the greatest fire hazards during the festive season. As this joyous time approaches, most homes will at least have one Christmas tree decorating their living rooms adorned with electric lights. Whether you have a live tree or an artificial one, both are very flammable and can present serious risks when wrapped in electric Christmas lights that might be faulty.

Because we do not have space here to list the appropriate safety measures you should follow, please be sure to be careful and aware of the dangers when working with anything that might present a fire hazard. Do your own research, as you well know, finding out anything these days has been made extremely easy by Google! Please do not overlook the importance of becoming savvier and more aware of how you can stay safe when the festive season comes, or any other time of the year for that matter!

Accidents can happen at any time, but do all you can to not let you and your home become just another yearly statistic. Rather do your bit to ensure that your holiday season stays festive and merry!

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