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November 23, 2016 – Decorating homes and businesses with holiday lights and decorations is a long-standing tradition around holidays. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase the chances of fire.
Based on National Fire Protection Association and U.S. Fire Administration data, an estimated 230 home fires involving Christmas trees and 150 home fires involving decorative lighting occur each year, resulting in millions of dollars in direct property damage and, in some cases, causing deaths.
The Midland Fire Department offers the following advice for picking, placing, and lighting your tree, decorations, and holiday lights:
Make sure candles are in stable holders, and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn. Never leave a room or go to bed with candles burning.
Ensure that your Christmas tree or holiday decorations do not block exits. In the event of fire, time is of the essence. A blocked entry/exit puts you and your family at risk.For more information, call the Midland Fire Department at 989-837-3410, email Midland’s Fire Marshal Josh Mosher at firstname.lastname@example.org, like Midland Fire Department on Facebook, or visit www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/fire. Following a few simple fire safety tips can keep electric lights, candles, and the ever-popular Christmas tree from creating a tragedy. Learn how to prevent a fire and what to do in case a fire starts in your home. Help ensure that you have a fire-safe holiday season.