Make Sure Your Tree Doesn’t go up in Flames: Fire Safety Tips from the RFD

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’Tis the season for holiday greetings and cheer. Unfortunately, ’tis also the season for an increase in house fires according to Richmond Fire Department official, Corey Lewis. We spoke with Lewis, who gave us tips on how to be fire smart during the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday stretch.

Some may not be aware of some of the safety tips necessary when it comes to the holiday season to avoid fires: both electrical and associated with cooking. The winter months are some of the busiest times for firefighters because of these reasons.

Candles pose the biggest potential danger for holiday fires, according to Lewis. “The leading days for fires related to candles are Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve”, Lewis says. “So, we pushed a really big thing a couple years ago that we really found people were a little receptive to, was to use the flameless candles.”

Lewis told us that a big culprit for holiday season fires is the misuse of Christmas lights. Aside from making sure that there are no frayed wires among your decorations, Lewis says that it is important to pay attention to the tags that are attached to products to determine what their intended uses are.