Michigan State Police tips on Fire Safety for the Holidays

LANSING, MI – The Michigan State Police encourages everyone to be safe this holiday season. Below are some fire safety reminders to help you and your family celebrate the holidays safely. #MiHolidaySafety MSP

-Take care when choosing a live holiday tree. Do not purchase one that’s dry or losing its needles. Set the tree in a large, tip-proof stand, away from heat sources and exits, and water it daily. Keep presents away from hot tree lights.

-Carefully inspect decorative lights for worn or frayed cords before use. Only purchase lights and electrical decorations bearing the name of an independent testing lab (such as U.L.) and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and maintenance.

-Always unplug lights, both inside and outside, before leaving the house or going to bed.

-Choose flame-resistant, flame retardant or non-combustible materials for holiday decorations whenever possible.

-When using candles, place them in large, tip-proof, heat resistant holders and keep them away from combustibles, children and pets.

-Take extra care when cooking. Avoid having large crowds of people in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended. Keep the stove area clean to avoid grease fires.

-Have your chimney and furnace professionally inspected and cleaned. Don’t burn gift-wrappings in the fireplace, as this can cause chimney fires.

-If you have to use space heaters, keep them at least three feet from any combustible surface or material. Don’t let children near space heaters, and never use them when you are asleep.

-Have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, especially outside of sleeping areas. Test your alarms monthly and replace batteries at least once a year.

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