NEW YORK, December 16, 2015 – The holiday season has begun to bustle! People are celebrating, decorating with lights, putting up Christmas trees, lighting candles and preparing special meals. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) would like to remind all New Yorkers of the safety hazards associated with festivities this time of the year, and to follow a few simple tips to ensure a happy and safe holiday.
“These tips should be at the top of every holiday list,” said FASNY President Robert McConville. “For safety’s sake please check older electric light strands for frayed wiring or broken bulbs; keep candles away from combustible materials such as curtains; and continually hydrate your Christmas tree so it doesn’t dry out. We see more and more fires happening during the holidays, so we urge you to follow this advice to enjoy a happy, festive time while keeping your home and family safe.”
Between 2007 and 2011, fire departments in the United States responded to over 10,000 house fires that were caused by candles. An additional 230 house fires in that same period can be traced to dry and/or poorly-wired Christmas trees. Nearly half of all fires during the holiday season are started because decorations are placed too close to a heat source. (Source: NFPA)
FASNY and the National Fire Protection Association offer the following safety tips:
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