The holiday season brings a number of things to think about and plan – gifts, holiday parties, religious observances, decorations, and food, among others. What many people don’t stop to think about is the increased risk of fires over the holiday season. According to the Red Cross, almost 50,000 fires a year occur during the winter holidays, which claim over 500 lives. During the holiday season, about 40 fires per day are caused by children.

There are a number of reasons so many home fires occur over the holidays. The most common culprits are candles and Christmas trees. Christmas trees now are much safer than in years past – most artificial trees are coated with fire retardants, and LED lights are considerably safer than lights used in the past.

However, trees can still pose a danger. When you are choosing a tree and decorating your tree, you should take some precautions. If you pick a live tree, keep it as moist as possible by giving it water, and choose one that has fresh, green needles. If you choose an artificial tree, pick one that is flame retardant. You should make sure your lights and other decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed cords. Unplug the tree and lights before going to bed. Use a sturdy tree stand designed to not easily tip over.

Candles are another common danger this time of the year. Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. If you go to bed or leave the room, extinguish the candles. Keep anything that can catch on fire far from a lit candle.

The most important thing you can do is have working smoke alarms near your kitchen, on each level of your home, and near sleeping areas. Test them each month using the test button. Having a working smoke alarm reduces the chances of dying in a fire by almost half.

Enjoy your holiday season, but also take precautions to stay safe. If you have any questions about a personal injury case in the Dallas area, call the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm. We can help. Call us today at 972-231-5800.