- Space heaters need space --three feet minimum on all sides. Turn off space heaters when you leave the house and at night. Also, do not use extension cords with space heaters; plug them directly into the wall outlet.
- Clean your chimney once a year, or as needed. Burn only dry, seasoned wood. Place hot ashes in a metal container and let cool for at least three days before disposing them.
- Wrapping paper should not be burned; throw used paper in a trash can.
- Make sure your heater is functioning properly. If it is not, carbon monoxide can build up in your home, which could be fatal.
- Don't overuse extension cords or electrical outlets. Don't run them under rugs or over nails. Most electrical wiring fires start in the bedroom.
- All holiday lights and electrical equipment should be approved by Underwriters Laboratory (U.L. Listed). Check for this statement on all items before purchasing.
- Cut Christmas trees need water to keep them from drying out. Check the water level every other day. Take your tree down as soon as possible after the holidays and dispose of it properly.
- Check to make sure you have at least one functioning smoke detector in the house.
- Prepare for fire by practicing exit drills. Keep a charged fire extinguisher handy.