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Holiday Safety Tips

  • It’s fun to decorate for the winter holidays, but holiday decorations can increase your risk for a home fire. As you deck the halls this season, be re smart.

    • Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up.
    • Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet.
    • Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
    • If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders, and place them where they cannot be knocked down easily.
    • Read manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
    • Make sure your tree is at least 3 feet away from heat sources like replaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents. Also, make sure your tree does not block exits.
    • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns.
    • Get rid of your tree after Christmas or when it is dry inches away from anything that burns.
    For more information and free resources, visit www.usfa.fema.gov




    For more information, please email: publicsafety@njcu.edu or call 201-200-3127 / 3128.