The holidays are a time to enjoy our favorite traditions, celebrate around the table, and make new memories with friends and family. To ensure that the festivities are both happy and safe, here are some useful holiday season fire safety tips from the City of Houma Fire Department.
Christmas trees are a part of the traditional holiday celebration. If not handled properly, they can cause an extremely dangerous fire threat. A dried-out tree can catch fire and burn a living room in just seconds. Christmas trees account for 200 fires annually. One in every 22 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in death. These statistics include both real and artificial trees.
Ladders are popular and a great way for a good view. If you bring a ladder, it must be behind a barricade or as far away from the street as the ladder's height in the event the ladder is knocked over. Many people have built seats on the top of the ladder, so their children will have a great view. Parents should stand on the backs of ladders to protect children from fast-flying objects, and anchor the ladder. If you put your children on a ladder, use one with a seat and a bar in the front, and make sure it is standing on level ground, at a safe distance from the curb. Children under 2 should not be placed on ladders. Try not to place your ladder too close to people with nets or other bead-catching paraphernalia.