Major Fire Hazards During the Holidays

The holidays are great and all, but they’re also one of the most DANGEROUS times of year for fires. Here are three major fire hazards to look out for this month . . .

1. Keep an eye on lit candles. Make sure they’re not near anything flammable . . . blow them out before you go anywhere . . . and make sure your pets can’t knock them over. December is the number one month for fires caused by candles.

2. Don’t let your Christmas tree dry out. Water it every day . . . make sure it’s at least three feet away from any heat source, like a vent or a fireplace . . . and turn the lights off every night before you go to bed.

Also don’t leave it up too long. If it’s still sitting in your living room in February, it’s a major fire hazard. Christmas tree fires kill an average of seven people every year, and cause $17.5 million in damage to people’s homes.

3. If you have a fireplace, get the chimney checked. Leaves and other stuff can get stuck in there over the course of the year and set the house on fire. Or carbon monoxide can end up flowing into your home instead of out through the chimney. (CBS News)