12.14.15 Winter Holiday Safety

The holiday season is upon us and while it may not feel much like the Northwest Indiana winters we’re used to, we must still treat this time of year with the attention it deserves when considering winter holiday safety.

Winter Holiday Fire Statistics

Holiday Decorations:

  • Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 38% of home Christmas tree fires
  • 20% of decoration fires started in the kitchen and 17% started in the living room, family room, or den
  • In 45% of holiday decoration fires, the decoration was too close to a heat source such as a candle or equipment.  Check out our Fireplace Safety Tips and Information to make sure your fireplace is running properly.
  • US fire departments responded to an estimated average of 860 home structure fires per year begin with decorations

Learn More: Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips: 4 Tips to Avoid A Tree Fire


  • The top three day for home candle fires were Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Eve
  • Candles started 38% of home decoration structure fires
  • Half of the December home decoration fires were started by candles

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Holiday Cooking:

  • Christmas Day and Christmas Eve are the second highest days for home cooking fires
  • Cooking equipment was involved in 18% of home decoration fires

All statistics provided through the National Fire Protection Association, NFPA.

It’s time to deck the halls, but follow the NFPA’s simple safety tips to help keep yourself and your family and friends safer from fire.

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