NFPA offers six tips to keep your holiday parties fire-safe

It’s that time of year — families and friends are gathering to celebrate the holidays. But that means there is a greater risk for fire. Following a few simple tips from NFPA that will help ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season at your home.

  1. Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
  2. Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  3. Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
  4. Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
  5. Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.
  6. Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.