State Fire Marshal offers tips to keep you safe during the holidays

Holidays

BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — (12/2/19) Many of you have already started or completed your holiday decorating and many of you will be starting shortly.

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal wants you to take a look at the following tips from the National Fire Protection Association to make sure you’re celebrating the holidays in the safest way possible.

Holiday decorating:

  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

Holiday entertaining:

  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
  • Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.
Before heading out or to bed

Before heading out or to bed:

  • Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
Facts about candles from the NFPA

For information on Christmas Tree Safety Tips click here.

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