May 29, 2024

PREPARE AND PROTECT: RISK FOR HOME FIRES AND CARBON MONOXIDE INCIDENTS INCREASE THIS TIME OF YEAR*

As you unbox your favorite decorations, or install that ambitious holiday lighting design, there are a few things you can do to minimize the season’s additional safety risks. Unexpected concerns, like an increased chance of a home fire from lights or candles, or carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from supplemental heating, can mar an otherwise joyous season. As a trusted fire safety leader for more than 100 years, you can rely on Kidde to gain confidence and control. Use the info and innovative home safety products below to protect everything that’s important to you this holiday season.

The winter months represent the peak period for (non-fire) carbon monoxide incidents *

fireplace

From 2014 to 2018, fire departments responded to an average of 930 home structure fires per year that began with decorations *

kitchen-cooker

Stay in the kitchen when cooking – unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires *

flame-resistant

  • Purchase flame-resistant decorationsReplace old or worn-out strands of lights

tree-distance

Keep the tree 3 feet away from any heat source and water the tree daily

lit-candles

Blow out lit candles when leaving the room or going to bed

heating-equipment-chimneys

Have heating equipment and chimneys annually inspected and cleaned by a pro

3ft rule

Keep kids and pets away from matches, candles and lighters

install-co-alarms

Test smoke and CO alarms once a week and install CO alarms outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home

vent-all-fuel-burning-outside

Vent all fuel-burning equipment, like generators, to the outside

co-alarms

If a CO alarm sounds, immediately move everyone to a fresh air location and call for help

*According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

**According to a study by The Harris Poll conducted by Kidde