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The likelihood of home fires increases on Christmas Day; cooking and candles serve as leading factors

Christmas is well-known for many things, including warmly decorated homes and festive meals. Unfortunately, these beloved traditions contribute to Christmas Day serving as the second-leading day of the year for home cooking fires; Christmas Eve is the fifth. Almost three times as many candle fires occur on Christmas Day as the daily average.

With these home fire risks in mind and just hours to go until Christmas is here, make sure to remind your community that celebrating the holiday with added caution is critical to ensuring a fire-safe day. Messages like keeping a close eye on food that’s cooking on the stove, and to never leave candles in a room unattended, may sound simple and basic, but they can play an immeasurable role in helping prevent associated home fires. With the holiday almost upon us, it’s a great time to reinforce them one more time.

Our public education team has created a series of social media cards that address leading causes of holiday fires, including home cooking and candles, offering tips and recommendations for how to minimize them. Post these cards on your social media platforms and/or online resources as an easy, efficient way to reach many people at once.

Also, feel free to use the safety tip sheets and other resources available on our winter holiday safety page.

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Susan McKelvey
Communications Manager

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