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The 12 Days of Christmas Fire Safety

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In Jackson MS, the State Fire Marshal’s Office has responded to a recent house fire caused by faulty Christmas lights with the 12 Days of Christmas Fire Safety. Beginning on Sunday, December 13th and continuing on through Christmas, the Mississippi Insurance Department’s Twitter and Facebook pages will be focusing on one important holiday-related fire safety tip per day. Their goal, of course, is to ensure everyone’s safety from fire related accidents throughout the holiday season by encouraging a little extra precaution.

Decorating the home for the holidays, trimming a Christmas tree, and cooking a big family feast are all some of the most beloved traditions of the holiday season, but they are also some of the most potentially dangerous. We applaud the MS State Fire Marshal’s Office for cleverly combining an adored Christmas song with important holiday fire prevention tips in an effort to lessen the risks of home fires for as many of their residents as possible. Here are the 12 Days of Christmas Fire Safety, below.

Day 1 – Use caution with holiday decorations. When possible, choose those made with flame-retardant or non-combustible materials.

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Day 2 – Carefully inspect new and previously used light strings and replace damaged items before plugging lights in. Use lights that are approved by Underwriter’s Laboratories. Do not overload extension cords.

Day 3 – Keep children and pets away from light strings and electrical decorations.

Day 4 – Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.

Day 5 – Never use lit candles to decorate a tree, and make sure any lit candles in the room are placed away from tree branches.

Day 6 – Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.

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Day 7 – Try to keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water daily.

Day 8 – Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. The State Fire Marshal’s Office says a live tree can absorb as much as a quart of water a day. A moist tree is less of a fire hazard than a dry tree shedding needles. Use 1 quart of water for every inch of tree stem diameter.

Day 9 – Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S. When cooking for the holidays remember to keep an eye on the range. Cooking fires are the one of the leading causes of house fires during the holidays.

Day 10 – When entertaining provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.

Day 11 -After a party, always check on, between and under upholstery and cushions for cigarette butts that may be smoldering.

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Day 12 – Take the tree down when it becomes dry. Recycle it, use it as a fish shelter in a farm pond or put it out with the trash. Do not burn it in the fireplace. Heat may explode the wood and set the room on fire.

With just a few simple cautionary measures, you can make sure your home and your family is perfectly safe, happy and accident-free this holiday season.

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