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NFPA encourages prompt removal of Christmas trees; nearly a third of tree fires occur in January

If you’re having trouble parting with your Christmas tree, here’s a fact to motivate you: Nearly one-third (29 percent) of U.S. home fires that begin with Christmas trees occur in January. With this potential fire hazard in mind, the National Fire Protection Association strongly encourages everyone to remove Christmas trees from their homes promptly after the holiday season. “Christmas trees...

NFPA encourages prompt disposal of Christmas trees; 40 percent of fires happen in January

Dragging your heels on taking down the Christmas tree? Here’s a fact that may motivate you: Nearly 40 percent of U.S. home fires that begin with Christmas trees occur in January. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is strongly encouraging people to remove Christmas trees from their homes promptly after the holiday season. “Christmas trees are combustible items that become increasingly...

NFPA reports risk of home cooking fires four times higher on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year for families and friends to get together, but this cooking-focused holiday also presents a greater risk of home fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly four times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving as on a typical day. NFPA’s latest report shows that cooking is the leading cause of home structure fires and...

Have a safe ‘trick-or-treat’ night by observing these Halloween safety tips from the NFPA

Halloween is upon us and Monday children are out wearing costumes and trick or treating for candy. Although this holiday is best known for fun, festivities and games, there are hidden fire hazards on Halloween, too. Fortunately, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has provided Halloween safety tips to ensure that trick-or-treating is safe. “Halloween is a very exciting holiday for...

Alarming fact is most people don’t know that smoke alarms should be replaced once a decade

How often should the smoke alarms in your home be replaced? If you don’t know, you’re not alone. A national survey conducted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shows that nine out of 10 Americans don’t know how often smoke alarms need to be replaced. The correct answer: every 10 years. As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week, NFPA is promoting this year’s campaign theme,...