Winter greens and flickering lights are hallmarks of the holiday season; however, 它们还带来了火灾风险，可能会把一个节日变成一个毁灭性的节日. Read on to learn how to keep your family safe.
当温度下降，令人愉快的一串串灯开始出现在门廊上, the holidays have arrived. 这是一个与朋友和家人一起庆祝和聚会的时刻, 这也是检查必要的安全防范措施的重要时刻——更是如此, 如果你打算在一年中的这个特殊时间招待客人的话. 当你装饰大厅，用热可可干杯时, why not give yourself the gift of reassurance, too?
Keep Your Live Christmas Tree Safe
The smell of a live Christmas tree in the home is a time-honored tradition; however, while beautiful, 在节日期间，活树会造成额外的火灾危险.
根据美国国家消防协会(NFPA)的数据，在2014年至2018年期间，美国消防协会的数据显示.S. fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of two deaths, 14 injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage annually.
Christmas Tree Safety Tips
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit
- Add water to your tree stand daily
Upgrade Your Christmas Lights
白炽的“旧”风格的圣诞灯可以看起来温暖和愉快, but the older they are, the more likely the wires aren’t in great shape. 而一些传家宝饰品是传统树木装饰的必需品, 考虑把旧的灯具换成led风格的灯具, 哪一种不阻隔热量，也不需要像白炽灯一样的功率.
Better yet, opt for a pre-lit LED tree, 这使得装饰很容易，没有打结的电线来解开.
Deck the Hearth with Battery Operated Candles
Some centerpieces and Instagram-ready holiday tableaus just wouldn’t be the same without candles – but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to break out a lighter. 电池供电的茶灯和支柱蜡烛提供了一个安全, easy alternative to beautiful illumination, and are safe to use around kids and pets, as well as in botanical centerpieces.
If you plan on using candles often, consider rechargeable versions, which offer virtually unlimited candle-like light without the hassle of changing batteries, or the danger of open flames.
Simmer for Dinner: Keep a Timer Handy
It happens to even the most experienced holiday hosts – you start a side dish in a pot or pan, get distracted while chatting with dinner guests, and suddenly the smoke alarm is drowning out that ambient Christmas carol music station.
Set a timer on your smartphone, via your smart speaker, or use an old-fashioned bell timer to make sure you don’t need to order last-minute pizza to save the day – or your kitchen. 即使是最好的厨师在事情变得繁忙时也会忘记一两个平底锅.
Plan and Decorate Responsibly Outdoors
Friendly rivalries abound when it comes to out-doing neighbors with holiday decorations, but don’t let competition outweigh good sense. 树木和灌木在寒冷的冬天更干燥，更容易燃烧, so avoid placing old-fashioned incandescent lights on top of dead brush and leaves whenever possible.
把灯放在计时器上，以避免过度消耗电力, and always ensure that any extension cords or “splitters” are rated for outdoor use and covered to avoid potentially dangerous sparks.
Check Over Your Home’s Fire Safety Equipment
If you have a fire extinguisher in your house, such as in a kitchen cabinet, make a habit of checking it at the end of the year. If it needs replacement or recharging, be sure to do so before your home fills with guests; this will keep your loved ones safe in the event of an emergency.
While many homeowners use daylight savings time to check their smoke detector batteries, 假期也是检查这些的好时机. Better yet, upgrade to a combination smoke detector / carbon monoxide detector for even more peace of mind.
Practicing good fire safety and enjoying the holidays without worrying doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive traditions. No matter which holidays you celebrate this winter, the welcome warmth of your home and the safety of your friends and family is a gift that truly keeps on giving.