A Christmas decoration hangs on a door.

‘Yule’ be Safe by Following These Tips

‘Tis the season to deck the halls, but it’s also the season for residential fires. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments in the U.S. respond to an average of 790 home fires per year that begin with holiday decorations.

So, as you prepare to hang the stockings by the chimney with care, make sure to follow these safety tips.

  1. Choose holiday decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  2. Use an artificial tree instead of a natural cut tree. The use of natural trees is prohibited in University buildings including fraternity and sorority residences. If using a natural tree in your home, make sure the tree is at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces or heat vents.
  3. If using holiday lights, make sure they are UL-listed. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both. Make sure you’ve got the right kinds of lights for your use.
  4. Keep lit candles away from decorations or other things that can catch fire, especially natural Christmas trees or fresh wreaths or greens. Candles are prohibited in residence halls and other campus buildings unless approved by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. In almost all circumstances, flameless candles are recommended.
  5. At UA, wreaths and other decorative door decorations must not exceed more than half of the surface area of the door and cannot obstruct the operation of the door.
  6. While holiday lights may twinkle the best at night, make sure to turn them off before leaving home or going to bed.

Watch the video below for more holiday fire safety tips.